ST JOHN'S: Former West Indies batsman and chairman of selectors Joey Carew died on Saturday at the age of 73, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced in a statement.

Carew played 19 Tests for the West Indies and was the WICB's longest serving selector having served three stints starting in the 1970s.

"The loss of Joey - who remained passionate about the game at all levels until the very end - is one which leaves West Indies cricket poorer," said WICB chairman Julian Hunte.

Carew opened the batting for the West Indies and made one Test century, against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland in 1969.

He was also a mentor of world record breaking batsman Brian Lara.