Steve Camacho, the former manager of the West Indies team and chief executive officer of the WICB, died from cancer on Friday in Antigua.
Camacho, 69, was an outstanding batsman and played for Guyana in the Shell Shield and West Indies.
He played club cricket at the historic Georgetown Cricket Club and played 76 first-class matches as a right-handed top order batsman, scoring 4,079 runs, including seven centuries and 24 half centuries.
In an 11-Test career between 1968 and 1971, Camacho scored 640 runs, and played in several outstanding West Indies teams alongside Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks and Rohan Kanhai.
It was as an outstanding cricket administrator that he really distinguished himself. After retirement as a player, he was manager of the West Indies team during the halcyon period of the 1980s. He also served as secretary of the then West Indies Cricket Board of Control and was the first CEO of the WICB.
West Indies Cricket Board President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron described Camacho as “a true stalwart, champion and leader of the game” in the West Indies.
“I want to first extend my condolences to wife Allison, family and friends of Steve Camacho,” Cameron said. “He was a true stalwart and champion of the game in the Caribbean.”