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The University of the West Indies, in conjunction with CLICO international life insurance company and the Centre for Cricket Research (CCR) in Barbados, also sponsored a cricket lecture series in his honour. Ever since his retirement, Barbados has been searching for a successor to assume his mantle. 78 Of some interest is the curious fact that the most recent Barbadian cricket stars have, in the main, been fast bowlers. S. Hinkson, Vanburn Holder, Mark Lavine, Malcolm Marshall, Dayne Maynard, Ezra Moseley, Hallam Moseley, Anton Norris, George Rock, Sammy Skeete, Gladstone Small, Milton Small, Franklyn Stephenson, Patterson Thompson and Victor Walcott.
G. Austin, the Barbados and West Indies captain. Francis was expected to be more docile than the notoriously temperamental Herman, who (as was then very well known) resented being ordered around by men whom he regarded as white nincompoops who were manifestly his cricketing inferiors. Poor Francis, of course, as a lower class black, could not then take part in any form of organized cricket in Barbados at all. He had not played in a single first class match when, at the age of 26, he first toured England with the West Indies team.
The BCL prospered at once, immediately attracting some 20 teams and growing to about 100 within 30 years. By 1960, it had produced so many talented players that the government began to regard it as a valuable institution performing a useful community service. The BCA also invited it to field a composite team to participate in its own regular competition after having played exhibition matches against its leading stars for about two decades. The BCA-BCL game was one of the important trials each year before the final selection of the island side.