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SPORTS: What cricket means to West Indians – By Sean Devers

Presently just the thought of West Indies cricket can take one into deep depression. Administrators, who only serve their own agendas, players, most of whom seem only motivated by money and fans who have lost all interest in watching Test cricket that involves a weak West Indies team are ‘normal’ today.
But when Jamaican Robert Karl Nunes led the West Indies onto Lords on June 23rd 1928 to face England, it marked the birth of one of the most colourful and exciting teams to play test cricket and provided a major opportunity for West Indians to gain international acclaim.

In the early days the West Indies team, it comprised players from the British Federation along with British Guiana, located in South America. Today the team is made up of players from the English speaking Caribbean Islands and Guyana.            Continue reading

St. Rose’s Alumni Association USA: Brunch – Honoring Males – Brooklyn NY – June 27, 2020

Annual Golf Tournament for Baramita Village Project in Guyana: Beaverton Ontario: June 13, 2020

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CRICKET: No more prima donnas in West Indies teams

By February 12, 2020

Last week Monday, Cricket West Indies’ selection panel released the names of the 15-member squad for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) Series in Sri Lanka. It was not the routine formal announcement of a group of names but rather a statement to the international cricketing world to ‘sit up and take notice,’ that West Indies cricket is serious business once again.

Evin Lewis, the most outstanding batsman in the recent home series against Ireland, and the young Guyanese batsman, Shimron Hetmyer were the surprising omissions from the team for the Sri Lankan tour. According to Roger Harper, the Chairman of the Selection Committee, they “missed out due to the fact that they came up short in the fitness test.” Apparently, there are now new minimum fitness standards.

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My Reflections on Two Remarkable Men …. and Apartheid – By Guyana-born Steve Connolly

 Two Remarkable Men …. and Apartheid  —  Arthur Ashe and E.R. Braithwaite

  •  By Guyana-born, Steve Connolly

Two men, now both deceased, were known for feats of success far removed from the world of apartheid in South Africa.  Yet, in different ways, but almost at the same time, they each were drawn to the racial injustice of the South African government.  Both men were black, one Afro-American and the other Afro-Guyanese.

Both had university degrees and both had been in the military … one had fought spectacularly and dangerously in war.  Both had been frequent targets of racism.  Both had produced multiple books, one focusing on sport while touching on racism and the other taking direct aim on racism.  One smoked while the other never did.  One had married twice while the other never married but had had at least one long relationship with a female.            Continue reading

SPORTS: Kobe’s death reminds us once again  of our Earthly transience – By Yvonne Sam + Video

  – By Yvonne Sam

 It was snowing heavily in Montreal when I got the call.  …. Kobe is died?  Died in a helicopter crash.  No word was mentioned of his daughter also meeting her demise.  the caller hung up, leaving me bereft of the opportunity to inquire whether or not I should give credence to my  receptive functioning of my auditory canal.  My jaw dropped . Was the caller serious?. Thereupon, I decided that I was not going to call him back, but instead engage less humourous humans instead.            Continue reading

Cricket: Feature on Basil Butcher – Stabroek News

Basil Butcher
Basil Butcher

Basil Butcher, the Guyanese and West Indian cricketer, died at the age of eighty-six  on the 16th December, 2019. His career as a cricketer was recapitulated in the tributes to him. Born in Berbice, his father was a Barbadian and his mother of mixed ancestry. His wife Pam, like his mother, was also an important factor in his life as were his sons. His career commenced in 1958 on the tour to India and Pakistan and ended in 1969 with a test average of over forty (40:00), the gold standard for any test batsman.

Butcher was voted Cricketer of the Year in 1970. Yet these facts of his cricket career should not be allowed to obscure his membership of the teaching profession and his knowledge of business. Maybe, it is the teaching profession which endowed him with the capacity to write and speak well. I am still in possession of the programme he drew up in the nineties for the reform of cricket in Guyana. It is well written and persuasively argued.            Continue reading

Cricket: Time to Put the Paying Spectator First at Test Matches – By Mike Atherton,

— By Mike Atherton, Chief Cricket Correspondent | The Times UK

About 10,000 England supporters saw the win in Cape Town but more could be done to improve the live experience

After the fourth day of the recent Cape Town Test, I found myself among a group of England supporters. The talking point of the day was the dismissal of Dean Elgar, given out caught behind towards the end of play, as a result of a review to technology. Whether for reasons of eyesight, or seating position in the ground, not many of those to whom I spoke had seen the replays on the one big screen which was situated above the brewery stand.

Understandably, they were keen to know a little more. Had Elgar hit the ball? How does the “ultra-edge” technology work? Why did the third umpire uphold the on-field decision? It reminded me again that for all the thousands of pounds spent on going to watch live cricket, the viewer at home, enjoying the sport in the comfort of his living room, often gets more information than those in the ground.        Continue reading

Guyana: Rugby in Cricket Country – By Geoff Burrowes

Rugby: Test match between Guyana and Barbados at the Garrison Savannah Barbados in the 1960s

Rugby in Cricket Country –– By Geoff Burrowes

Most West Indians will be surprised to hear that Rugby has been alive and well in the West Indies since the 1930s and maybe before!

Part of the reason is that Rugby and  football pitches in the West Indies are baked solid by the tropical sun and rugby players start the season knowing that their elbows, hips and knees are going to be bruised and covered in plaster for the next few months! Also rugby doesn’t have the same cachet as football and cricket – in fact if you make the Guyana or West Indies Cricket team little boys all over the West Indies will know your name and revere you wherever you go! Most little West Indian boys don’t even know what rugby is! Or that it’s played in all the major West Indian countries; Fiercely and with dedication.            Continue reading

Cricket: The Single Letter That Altered a Sport and Changed Lives – Mike Atherton, Chief Cricket Correspondent | The Times UK

   — By Mike Atherton, Chief Cricket Correspondent | The Times UK

This happy conclusion — an honest man of high cricketing gifts against the forces of racism, his passage to freedom, taking his wife and children with him, and his example to millions of others — has given me one of the greatest feelings of joy from any episode in my life.” John Arlott, 1980.

It is a steep walk up to Signal Hill. Head out from District Six, whose inhabitants were evicted during the apartheid era, find Wale Street, with its pretty pastel-coloured houses, head left up the cobbled streets, climbing all the time, and eventually you will get to Upper Bloem Street, near the brow of the hill. Above you, looms the majestic Table Mountain. Below, the teeming city of Cape Town.  Continue reading

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