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Cricket's outsiders: Forgotten men of the West Indies

Published 10:15 AM ET, Wed March 6, 2013
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Fast bowler Colin Croft was one of the West Indies players who accepted a place on two "rebel tours" of apartheid-era South Africa in the 1980s. The West Indians were granted "honorary white" status so they could access cricket clubs. Getty Images
Wicketkeeper David Murray admits that his decision to go to South Africa had a negative impact on the rest of his life. Murray struggled with a marijuana problem and is now looking for work on his home island of Barbados.
At the age of 23, a promising career lay in wait for Franklyn Stephenson. But the rebel tours were the only chance he got to play for the West Indies. He went on to enjoy a successful first-class cricket career in South Africa and he is widely regarded as the best player to have never officially played for the Caribbean team. Getty Images
A photograph of the West Indian players during the first "rebel tour" in Johannesburg in February 1983. Getty Images
A night match between the West Indies tourists and South Africa at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg in February 1983. The 1982-83 tour ended with South Africa winning the one-day series 4-2 while the "Test" series was drawn 1-1. Getty Images