Franklyn Stephenson

Former Wisden Cricketer Of The Year

Barbadian sports speaker and former player, Franklyn Stephenson is known by many as the greatest player never to play for the West Indies following his controversial appearance in the unofficial ‘Test’ and ‘ODI’ matches played between the rebel West Indies team and the then banned South Africa.

Also playing for several British county teams Franklyn Stephenson has worked as a cricket speaker and player in four continents and finally retired in the mid 1990’s. Franklyn first embarked on his cricket playing career in the late 1970’s and was part of the West Indies Youth team that toured England in 1978, by 1981 Stephenson was playing in a first-class team, making his first appearance for Tasmania in October.

During his career, Franklyn Stephenson worked as a cricket speaker and player for British domestic teams Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire, his first season at Nottinghamshire helping him to be one of only two cricket speakers to achieve the all-rounder’s “double” of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. The only other player able to boast such a record, Richard Hadlee, Stephenson stormed past Hadlee’s record by achieving 1018 runs and 125 wickets; he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1989 for his achievements.

Despite his brief ban after the West Indies rebellion Franklyn Stephenson returned to international cricket in 1989-90 playing for Barbados in the Red Stripe Cup. As well as working as a cricketing sports speaker Franklyn is also a keen golfer and is one of only two birdies scored on the infamous Extreme 19th in South Africa.

To book Franklyn Stephenson as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Franklyn covers the following topics:

  • West Indian Cricket
  • The West Indies Rebels
  • English Domestic Cricket