Tony Cozier tributes from around the world

17th May 2016

The Mason & Guests Show

From around the world the tributes have poured in, and continue to appear, for the Caribbean’s greatest ever cricket writer and broadcaster, Tony Cozier.

He was the voice of cricket in the region, and for the region, and he died thirty-five years to the day after the Caribbean lost another of its greatest voices, Jamaica’s Bob Marley.

This son of Barbados elicited universal admiration, praise and love – and here is just a selection of the things said about him:

Michael Holding said he was “the doyen of West Indies cricket… he’s right up there with Garry Sobers.”

Clive Lloyd said he was “an iconic figure… a great man… the pen which wrote of our exploits.”

Viv Richards said “everything he touched where cricket is concerned was just marvellous.”

Joel Garner said “cricket is richer having been blessed by his excellent contribution.”

Darren Sammy said “that voice will be forever in my head.”

Reds Perreira said “an iconic loss, an iconic cricket voice… we will miss him more and more as the weeks and months go by because he is irreplaceable.”

Tony Becca said “I have never met a more decent man in my life.”

Fazeer Mohammed said “his body of work compiled over fifty years as a journalist, radio and television broadcaster is unparalleled… both in terms of quantity and exceptional quality.”

Sean Devers said “if I had three words to describe (him) they would be professional, informative and compassionate.”

Vaneisa Baksh said “Test cricket began for West Indies in 1928. For more than half its history, Tony Cozier was its voice.”

Zorol Barthley said he “kept the Caribbean fans informed, updated and represented during those long, dark nights from far-away places. We ‘watched’ our Test Matches on our radios through his voice.”

Noel Lynch said he was “the conscience of cricket in the region.”

Mike Atherton said “he was the best of the Caribbean: warm, funny, welcoming, hospitable and cool. Quick to laugh; slow to judge.”

Simon Hughes said he was “the finest man ever to inhabit a commentary box”.

Harsha Bhogle said he “adorned our game… (and) loved it like a child and a parent.”

Sambit Bal said “cricket was his way of life… his heart bled for West Indian cricket.”

Virender Sehwag said he was “champagne on air.”

Mike Selvey said he was “the manifestation of West Indies cricket.”

Mike Dickson said he had “a voice with a melodic lilt that brought to mind waves gently lapping on a Caribbean beach.”

And Greg Baum said “one of cricket’s most distinguished and distinct voices is now forever quiet, and that demands a minute of silence from us. In it, we might be able to hear him in the back of our minds one last time.”

That’s a fine idea.

David Oram


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