Legendary and ace West Indies cricket writer and commentator Winston Anthony Lloyd “Tony” Cozier has died at the age of 75.
He has earned the respect of both his peers and members of the public through sheer professionalism in the practice of his craft as a journalist as well as his decency as a human-being.
Cozier was born in Bridgetown, Barbados. He was the son of Barbados journalist Jimmy Cozier, a past managing editor for the St Lucia Voice and founder of the Barbados Daily News.
Cozier studied journalism at Carleton University, Ottawa, where he began his reporting career in 1958, and became the editor of the Barbados Daily News in 1961.
Although Cozier was not an accomplished cricket player, he rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest players of the game and had full knowledge of all technical aspects of the sports.
Tributes have poured in both locally and internationally in full recognition and acknowledgement of Cozier’s contribution to cricket.
In a press release, the West Cricket Board noted that Tony Cozier’s lifelong work has been centered on West Indies cricket and moreover, 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 favorite players. His life was dedicated to the game in the Caribbean and we salute him for his outstanding work,” the release said.
“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,” it also continued.
BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, reportedly said,
“Tony was the master of going between TV and radio ball-by-ball commentary. He was the master of both,” “He’s easily the best I’ve come across in 25 years at being able to do both disciplines.”
Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has labeled Tony Cozier as “an iconic figure” and said the world has lost “a great man.”
“It is sad news to hear that the voice of West Indies cricket is gone,” said Lloyd, whose book in the 1980s was co-written by Cozier.
Madeira, chairman of the CBU Hall of Fame selection panel said, “Tony represented us everywhere Test cricket was being played and his unique style and presentation, and his very familiar voice dominated airways right across the Caribbean when we as the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) sought stations’ intervention in subscribing to the service Tony would have provided from wherever cricket was being played.”
In December 2011, Cozier was awarded the honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club for services to the game and the media center at the Kensington Oval in Barbados is named after him.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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