‘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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Tony Cozier, voice of West Indies cricket, dies at 75

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Tony Cozier, the West Indian cricket writer, commentator and journalist, has died in his home country, Barbados, at the age of 75 after an illness. He had been admitted to hospital on May 3 for tests related to infections in the neck and legs.

Cozier began writing on cricket as a teenager in 1958 and, despite not having played the game at a high level, he became one of its most distinguished voices. His last column on these pages was published on May 1.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Cozier today,” the ICC said on Twitter. “One of the truly great voices of cricket. A huge loss for the cricket community.”

The WICB’s tribute hailed Cozier’s service to the game: “The lifelong work of Tony Cozier centred around West Indies cricket and he made a lasting contribution to the game. He ensured that West Indies cricket fans all around the world received information and knowledge about their beloved team and their favourite players. His life was dedicated to the game in the Caribbean and we salute him for his outstanding work.

Read more at: espncricinfo.com

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CARICOM acquiring legal advice as WICB fight intensifies

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – CARICOM is actively pursuing legal advice in its ongoing battle with the West Indies Cricket Board, as it ups the ante in its quest to have the controversial recommendations of its Governance Review report implemented.

A CARICOM-commissioned investigative panel, headed by UWI Cave Hill Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau, last November recommended the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB – a proposal which has since been rejected by the embattled board as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand.”

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said today, however, even though the WICB had taken a hard line stance against CARICOM, the regional prime-ministerial grouping did not intend to back down, and was pursuing other avenues.’

Read more at: Stabroek News

Cricketer Stefani Taylor wins prestigious ICC award

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Stefanie Taylor (photo via WICB)
Stefanie Taylor (photo via WICB)

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has congratulated Stafanie Taylor on winning one of the most prestigious awards in women’s cricket.

Taylor, the West Indies women’s captain, was named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year, at the ICC Annual Awards announced for the period September 18, 2014 to September 13, 2015.

This is the third time the 24-year-old top-order batter and off-spinner won a major international award. She previously won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award in 2011 and 2012.

Read more at: windiescricket.com

COHSOD focuses on education, children

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon Shawn Richards (Photo via SKNIS)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon Shawn Richards (Photo via SKNIS)

The Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) will focus its discussions on education and children when it convenes tomorrow at the CARICOM Secretariat.  The theme of the two-day meeting is ‘Safeguarding our Region’s future, reshaping education for the Twenty-First century”.

The main objective of the Meeting is to provide an opportunity for Ministers responsible for Education and Children’s Issues, to discuss perspectives and provide directions on the major issues related to the development of the proposed 2030 CARICOM Strategy for Education and Human Resource Development. The COHSOD will also focus on monitoring and evaluating progress in child development and protection under the Regional Framework for Action on Children (2001–2015) and the articulation of a Regional Post 2015 Agenda for Children.

The Council will examine the issue of teenage pregnancy in CARICOM Member States and assess strategies to deal with this matter. The work of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will also be discussed. Particular attention will be on ‘kiddie cricket’ and how it can be used to stamp out violence against children, since that programme has now included a child protection dimension. (more…)