Tony Cozier

Tony Cozier

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 11, 2016 – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Wednesday paid tribute to cricket writer and commentator Tony Cozier, describing him as the “voice of West Indies cricket”.

Cozier, who had been ailing for some time, died Wednesday morning in Barbados. He was 75.

“On behalf the WICB and the various stakeholders in West Indies Cricket we offer sincere condolences to his wife Jillian, his son Craig, his daughter Natalie, his grandchildren and other family and friends,” a WICB media release said.

It said the lifelong work of Cozier centred on West Indies cricket and that 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,” the release read.

“He was not just a great journalist, but also a great ambassador. He represented West Indies wherever he went. He educated people around the world about our cricket, our people, our culture and who we are. His voice was strong and echoed around the cricket world. He enjoyed West Indies victories and shared the pain when we lost. He gave a lifetime of dedicated service and will be remembered by all who came into contact with him,” the released added.

Also paying tribute to the legendary cricket writer and commentator were Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association (CASJA).

“As Prime Minister of Grenada and as Chair of the Cricket Committee under CARICOM, I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Cozier, and indeed to the many fans around the Caribbean and the world who often look forward to his analyses,” a statement read.

“The cricketing world has lost an icon who left an indelible mark on sports journalism by blazing a rich career trail in the footsteps of his father Jimmy, and whose oral and written commentaries span more than five decades. As probably the best known cricket journalist in the Caribbean, Cozier was respected by cricket lovers all over the world and his well-informed perspective on the varying aspects of the game, will be sadly missed.”

“Tony brought Caribbean identity among a list of elite cricket voices including Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Henry Blofeld, John Arlott, Joseph “Reds” Perreira, Bryan Waddle, Fred Trueman, Jim Maxwell, Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew, to name a few,” said CASJA president Michael Bascombe.

“Cozier made an invaluable contribution to the Caribbean media and especially to the game of cricket.”

Cozier was a member of the Wanderers Cricket Club, where he played cricket alongside Test players Geoffrey Greenidge and Richard Edwards, as well as the late Peter Short, former president of the WICB.

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