Monday 22 July, 2019

Queen's honour for former Windies cricketer Kallicharran

Alvin Kallicharran (left) takes in the match with ICC Americas tournament director Zubin Surkari (right), Belize v Canada, ICC World Twenty20 Americas Sub Regional Qualifier A, Morrisville, September 20, 2018. ©Peter Della Penna

Alvin Kallicharran (left) takes in the match with ICC Americas tournament director Zubin Surkari (right), Belize v Canada, ICC World Twenty20 Americas Sub Regional Qualifier A, Morrisville, September 20, 2018. ©Peter Della Penna

Former West Indies batsman Alvin Kallicharran has been named on a list of more than 1000 people who will receive awards from the Queen of England.

A total of 1,148 people have been recognised on the Queen’s New Year’s honours list, to become Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBEs), Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBEs), Knights, and Dames.

Kallicharran has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Cricket and to Charity.

The 69-year-old former cricketer from Guyana played from 1972 to 1981 as a left-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner.

The former batsman was part of the 1975 and 1979 teams that won the Cricket World Cup. His highest score is 187 against India in the 1978–1979 tour.

He took up the captaincy of the West Indies team from 1977-1978 following the resignation of Clive Lloyd, three years prior to his last Test Match and ODI appearances in 1981.

Among Kallicharran’s honours is being named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1973.

The former cricketer currently resides in North Carolina, United States of America.

The BEM was established in 1922 to replace the Medal of the Order of the British Empire.

In 1922 the original medal was split into two new honours.

The Medal is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.

Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "BEM", divided into civil and military medals in a similar way to the Order of the British Empire itself.

The Medal of the Order of the British Empire was first established in 1917 together with the Order of the British Empire itself.

The Medal was awarded 2014 times to its recipients, 800 of which were from foreign countries.

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