|Full name||Colin Everton Hunte Croft|
15 March 1953|
Lancaster Village, Demerara, British Guiana
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Test debut (cap 159)||18 February 1977 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||30 January 1982 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 20)||16 March 1977 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||24 November 1981 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricket Archive, 14 August 2012
Croft was (along with Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and Joel Garner) part of the potent West Indian quartet of fast bowlers from the late 70s and early 80s. With his height (6'5"), he bowled bouncers and was very aggressive. He was renowned for bowling wide of the crease over the wicket and angling the ball in to right-handers. His approach to the wicket was unconventional and footage of Croft bowling around the wicket show him on a run-up more typical of a left-arm bowler. Croft's figures of 8/29 against Pakistan in 1977 are still the best Test innings figures by a fast bowler from the West Indies.
Croft was involved in a number of controversial incidents during the ill-tempered test series with New Zealand in 1979-80. During the Second Test at Christchurch's Lancaster Park in February 1980, the West Indies considered umpire Fred Goodall's officiating so poor that they refused to emerge from their dressing room after the tea break on Day 3 unless Goodall was immediately replaced. After 11 minutes, they were persuaded to resume. Croft collided with Goodall at the end of his bowling run-up during the fourth day's play after knocking a bail off the stumps with a previous delivery, unhappy at being no-balled frequently and having a caught-behind appeal turned down. West Indies captain Clive Lloyd later regretted not taking a firmer line with his players.
In 1982 Croft accepted a place on the rebel tour of apartheid-divided South Africa, in violation of an international ban on sports tours of the country. The rebel players were granted "honorary whites" status by the South African government to allow them access to all-white cricket playing areas. All the players who took part in the tour were banned for life from international cricket, thus marking the end of Croft's cricket playing career. Croft moved to the United States to avoid recriminations at home. The ban was effectively lifted in 1989, by both the WICB and the UN.
Since 1994, Croft has been doing cricket coverage part-time, as a commentator/analyst, and was one of the first writers for CricInfo, contributing over 500 articles so far to that entity. He has continued his sports journalism career everywhere that cricket is played, covering West Indies tours since 1994.
Croft's first overseas sports journalism sojourn was to the United Kingdom in 1995. During the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup Croft provided analysis for the BBC's Test Match Special radio coverage on all the Guyana-based matches. He continued his analyst's role during the West Indies tour of England the same year.
In his private life, having been an Air Traffic Controller from 1973 to 1981, while also playing cricket for the West Indies cricket team, he has also obtained a Commercial Airline Pilot's licence in the USA, with endorsements for the UK, and worked as a Commercial Pilot in the Caribbean.
He also regularly appears as a studio guest on Sky Sports when West Indies are playing.
One Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||England||Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown||4 February 1981||2* (8 balls) ; 9–4–15–6||West Indies won by 2 runs.|
- The West Indians in New Zealand, 1979-80, Wisden, 1981; What's going on? Goodall has some news for Gavaskar, Cricinfo.com, 31 July 2003; Shoulder barges and flying stumps, Cricinfo.com, 18 February 2006; Scorecard
- Lister, Simon (April 2006). "Ding-dong in Dunedin". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- AdelaideNow... Tragedy of the West Indian rebels
- Colin Croft states so in the documentary Fire in Babylon.
- "1980–1981 West Indies v England – 1st Match – Kingstown, St. Vincent". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016.