‘Cricket in the West Indies is about building a sensibility for all’ – Sir Wes Hall

Sir Wesley Hall delivering the feature address (Photo by Ackeem Thomas via NewsRoom)
“…cricket in the West Indies is not a new development; its logic, its values, artistry, morality and spirit are very different from other cricket cultures. That is so true.” – Sir Wes Hall
In his prime he terrified batsmen the world over. Towering at 6’2” he was as good as they came- fast and accurate with a classical action.

Today at 80, he walks with the support of a cane; his strapping structure clearly weakened by the rigours of bowling at high speed against the finest batsmen, in the most intense of conditions.

“The human body was not designed for fast bowling,” Sir Wesley Winfield Hall told a gathering at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday evening.

“We either die early or we walk with a cane or with two mock knees, but we don’t do very well after bowling for a long time,” he continued.

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Cricket history could be added to CXC

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The history of cricket as a subject could be added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations Physical Education curriculum if the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has its way.

WICB Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the subject added, saying the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.

“Physical Education is already on the CXC [Caribbean Examinations Council] Curriculum. Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on – that people understand how important it is, whether it’s social, business or political.

If a young student passes through the region and does Physical Education. They’ll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well,” she said.

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Single Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket has broad mandate

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Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have decided that there will now be a single Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket that will handle all aspects of the game.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government said Wednesday evening, that instead of two Prime Ministerial sub-Committees on Cricket – one on Governance and one on other cricket matters – there will now be only one.

The Prime Minister made the announcements at a press conference at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana where the 37th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting had earlier concluded. The re-constituted Sub-Committee will be Chaired by Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Heads of Government agreed that the other members would be the Prime Minister of Barbados and the Prime Minister of Jamaica, even though membership of the Sub-Committee will be open ended, as is the case with all CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committees.

“The (new) Sub-Committee on cricket … will be mandated to examine all matters related to the development of cricket, which is a very wide area of concentration,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.

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‘His was a good innings well played’ – CARICOM SG eulogises Cozier

Tony CozierThe body of work on cricket left behind by iconic cricket journalist, Tony Cozier, represented a running commentary and a history of the game in the Region for more than fifty years, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday.

For him it was a labour of love and it is a legacy the Region would do well to catalogue,” the Secretary-General said in a message of condolence to Cozier’s wife, children and the government and people of Barbados.

Cozier, 75, died on Wednesday in his home country, Barbados.

His was an innings well played, Ambassador LaRocque noted, and pointed out that for more than 50 years, “with pen and voice”, Mr. Cozier chronicled West Indies nationally, regionally and internationally.

While he represented his country at field hockey as a goal keeper, he was an avid club cricketer and it was his passion for the game of cricket that infused his writings and his commentary.  A West Indian to the core, Mr Cozier spoke often of his secondary school days in Trinidad and Tobago as a period which solidified his regionalism,” the Secretary-General said.