Chanderpaul, Sarwan to be honoured by UWI today
May 3, 2004
World batting sensation BrianLara along with two new inductees will be on an eight-member honour roll when the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus holds its second induction ceremony for outstanding West Indies cricketers today.
According to a press release from the University of the West Indies, the ceremony, hosted by the U.W.I. Cricket Institute is intended to award public acclaim to batsmen who scored a century or bowlers who gained a five-wicket haul in the recent Test series.
Today's event slated for the Walk of Fame, 3W's Oval at 6:30 p.m. will see a special unveiling for Lara's record-breaking 400 not-out at Antigua's Recreation Ground in the just-ended series against England. The West Indies captain will have four plaques entered on the Walk of Fame for scores of 191 vs Zimbabwe; 202 vs South Africa and 115 also against South Africa in addition to his record achievement.
Devon Smith, who scored his maiden Test century at Sabina Park and Dwayne Smith, a whirlwind ton on debut against South Africa in Capetown, are the two new inductees. They will be joined by vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan (114 and 119 vs South Africa); Chris Gayle (116 and 107 vs South Africa) Shivnarine Chanderpaul (109 vs South Africa) Fidel Edwards (5/133 vs Zimbabwe) and Ridley Jacobs (107 vs England).
The WICB is making every effort to have the players attend the function and it is expected that Lara will present remarks on behalf of the cricketers.
President of the West Indies Cricket Board Teddy Griffith heads a list of other speakers that will also include Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus Professor Hilary Beckles.
Acknowledging that the regional women's team is currently preparing for a tournament to be held in Trinidad, Professor Beckles said a special ceremony will shortly be held to begin the induction of women cricketers to the Walk of Fame.
He pointed to the achievements of Vivalyn Latty-Scott who captured a five wicket haul against Australia and Nadine George who scored 118 against Pakistan this year saying they will be among the first to be inducted.
The University of the West Indies is extending an invitation to members of the public to join the many fans from the local and regional cricketing fraternity who are expected to come to the Cave Hill Campus to witness this event.