Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Legendary commentator Tony Cozier passes away at the age of 75

Esteemed commentator and the voice of West Indies cricket, Tony Cozier, has passed away, aged 75. Cozier had been admitted to Bayview Hospital in Beckles Road in Barbados and was said to be under doctors' care and in a critical condition. 
Winston Anthony Cozier was born in July 1940 in Barbados and became one of cricket's great voices. Cozier is said to have covered almost every cricket series involving the West Indies series since 1962. He has donned many hats during his lifetime, and is one of the most respected cricket writers, broadcasters and historians from the Caribbean. 
Born to Jimmy Cozier, a journalist based out of Barbados who founded the Barbados Daily News and was the managing editor of the St Lucia Voice, Tony Cozier went on to become one of West Indies cricket's more prominent voices, writing several books and providing commentary for many TV and radio networks channels. 
Legendary West Indian commentator Tony Cozier has died at the age of 75.
A familiar and respected voice around the world, the Barbadian will be remembered for a career in TV, radio and journalism spanning 58 years.
Born in Bridgetown in 1940, he made his BBC Test Match Special debut in 1966 and also wrote several books.
"Tony was the master of going between TV and radio ball-by-ball commentary. He was the master of both," said BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.
"He's easily the best I've come across in 25 years at being able to do both disciplines."
The son of a journalist, Cozier studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and began commentating and writing on West Indian cricket in 1958.
He played hockey as a goalkeeper for Barbados and cricket as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper for two Barbados clubs, Wanderers and Carlton.
But he became a household name through his work with major media organisations throughout the world, including the BBC, Channel Nine and Sky.
In December 2011, he was awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club for services to the game, and the press box at the Kensington Oval in Barbados is named after him.

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