West Indies cricket loses its “voice”

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Wednesday paid tribute to Winston Anthony Lloyd Cozier. The legendary cricket journalist, died on Wednesday morning in Barbados. He was 75 years old. Tony Cozier, as he was known worldwide, was the “voice of West Indies cricket” and covered the game for over 50 years.

He reported on all major events in world cricket during that period and was globally-respected for his outstanding work as a journalist, writer, historian, radio commentator and television analyst.

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 He was the editor and publisher of the West Indies Cricket Annual for over 20 years and the Red Stripe Caribbean Cricket Quarterly for a decade. He wrote for several publications in the Caribbean and was a contributor to the Wisden Cricket Almanack.

Tribute from the Office of the President, Board of Directors, and Staff of the WICB reads: “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. ”

 “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.”

 “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.”

 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. (PR)

12 Responses to West Indies cricket loses its “voice”

  1. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney May 11, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wow condolences to his family n friends n also the cricket fraternity

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  2. lswiltshire May 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    i THOUGHT GEOFF GREENIDGE PLAYED FOR PICKWICK

    TONY MIGHT HAVE PLAYED WITH DAVID ALLAN AND THE ATKINSONS AT WANDERERS

    DID HE NOT ALSO PLAY FOR LODGE AND CARLTON

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  3. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill May 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    The encyclopedia of cricket. Rest in peace.

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  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    R.I.P, my condolences to the Cozier family.

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  5. lswiltshire May 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, AND TO BE ACCURATE , The encyclopedia of cricket IS WISDEN ANNUAL .

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  6. Sam Clarke May 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Rest in Peace. Cricket commentary in the great beyond, now has one of the great analyst and voices for they cricket game.

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  7. Coreen Holford
    Coreen Holford May 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Rest in peace,Tony Cozier, your ‘ voice ‘ will be missed

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  8. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond May 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Condolences to the Family .

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  9. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    He was one of two ppl ( de other is mah grandma) dat really got me into loving cricket and the things dat The Great’s did.
    I will miss you in this realm, see yah in next. Rest in Peace! Sir Tony!
    Sympathies to Cozier family, friends and workmates. Asé

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  10. Alex Alleyne May 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Mr Cozier did play for Carlton, I think he kept wicket for sometime.
    Why was the public not informed that his health was fading so that we all would have showerd blessings on him while he was still alive and knowing how much he will be missed .
    R.I.P

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