The initial concept of World Series Cricket was to see an Australian side take on a team that was comprised of the ‘Rest of the World’. Within that world side, WSC had signed four West Indians; Andy Roberts, Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards and Michael Holding.
At the time, the West Indies were an emerging power in world cricket and played an exciting brand of cricket that drew the crowds. Even so, the remuneration on offer to the West Indian side by their Board paled by comparison with the contracts on offer by World Series Cricket. Accordingly, the number of West Indian players committed to WSC grew rapidly from the original four to a solid foundation for their own side.
The dynamic of World Series Cricket now changed from being ‘Australia against the world’ to a triangular series that would include the excitement of the West Indian ‘Calypso Cricketers’. The players were now in place, but there were still legal and organisational hurdles to overcome.
….and the establishment wasn’t going to take it lying down.
The West Indian slips cordon appeals for a leg-before-wicket against Greg Chappell during a 1977-78 Supertest. (Image: Viv Jenkins Collection)