Allan Rae... A Legend of West Indies Cricket

Allan Rae was born into a cricket family his father Ernest Rae toured England with West Indies in 1928. It was no surprise when Allan Rae made his Test debut for West Indies in 1948 against India at Delhi as a left-handed opening batsman. He had made an immediate impact on coming into the Jamaica team in 1947, with hundreds in each innings against Barbados in his second match. Rae had been in England studing law when he was summon to make his debut on the 1948 tour of India.

In India, Rae scored 108 in the second Test at Bombay and 109 in Madras, in the fourth Test. He went on to repeat the feat on the historic tour of England the following year when West Indies triumphed in England for the first time. Rae's 106 at Lord's set the early platform for a signal victory at the game's headquarters; his 109 at The Oval helped secure the series. 

Rae shared an opening partnership with Jeffrey Stollmeyer,  a tall, stylish right-hander, that brought stability to the top of the order for the West Indies. He had a brief Test career turing out for the West Indies in 15 Test matches, he was a solid, dependable batsman who scored four centuries at an average of 46.18.

After retiring as a player, He made the transition into administration and remained heavily involved in the, management of West Indies cricket he became president of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control between 1981 and 1988, coincided with golden eras of West Indies cricket. Rae was also one of the key personalities during the turbulant period of World Series Cricket he along with Harold Burnett of Guyana represented the West Indies Cricket Board of Control at the ICC meeting.

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Full Name Allan Fitzroy Rae

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Date of Birth

September 30, 1922, Rollington Town, Kingston, Jamaica

Test Debut

India v West Indies at Delhi - Nov 10-14, 1948 

Last Test Match

West Indies v India at Port of Spain - Feb 19-25, 1953 

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