The BLACKCAPS today acknowledged the passing of New Zealand’s oldest former Test cricketer - Sam Guillen. The team will wear black arm bands on the second day of the Test against England at University Oval to remember the 88 year-old who passed away in the weekend.
Guillen is one of just 14 players to have played Test cricket for two different countries, having represented both the West Indies and New Zealand. After touring New Zealand in 1952, he shifted to Canterbury where he played the remainder of his domestic cricket.
He also played three Tests for New Zealand and was a member of the first New Zealand team to win a Test match in 1956. To make it even more special it was against his former team the West Indies and it was he who was behind the wickets to take the stumping which finished the match.
He was well known for his larger-than-life personality and was never afraid to voice his opinion, endearing him to many.
Guillen suffered from lung cancer and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. New Zealand Cricket offers their condolences to his friends and family.