Cricket has been a part of our lives since the mid-1800s. In fact, the first series of cricket matches in the West Indies – Barbados v British Guyana – are recorded as being played at the Garrison Savannah in 1864/1865.
The first inter-colonial matches were played in 1891 between Barbados, British Guyana and Trinidad. Since then, the game has become engrained in the psyche of the people of the English-speaking Caribbean.
It is important to note that when the West Indies are winning, the whole region is alive and happy, but when they lose, the energy level throughout the region drops a few percentage points. And, of course, productivity follows suit.
For a country its size, Barbados has produced some of the world’s greatest cricketers, an accomplishment that has established the island up front and centre on the cricketing map.
It was only befitting then, that a legacy of the first ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in the region in 2007 was the formation of a company, the Cricket Legends of Barbados Inc., dedicated to these stalwarts who now use their talents to encourage others, especially the youth, to strive for excellence.
On August 23, 2005, the company was registered with 42 shareholders – Barbadian cricketers who played for the West Indies, who are still alive but have retired from Test cricket.
Included in this list of illustrious gentlemen were the Icons: His Excellency Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott, Rev Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Seymour Nurse, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Joel Garner, who have contributed significantly to the growth and success of the West Indies team over the years.
The other Legends were: David Allan, Carlisle Best, Ian Bradshaw, Rawle Brancker, Courtney Browne, Henderson Bryan, Robin Bynoe, Sherwin Campbell, Anderson Cummins, Wayne Daniel, Vasbert Drakes, Richard Edwards, Michael Frederick, Ottis Gibson, Alvin Greenidge, Geoffrey Greenidge, Adrian Griffith, Roland Holder, Vanburn Holder, David Holford, Anthony Howard, Collis King, Peter Lashley, Norman Marshall, Ezra Moseley, David Murray, Albert Padmore, Thelston Payne, John Shepherd, Milton Small, Cameron Smith, Patterson Thompson, Philo Wallace, Anthony White.
Since the company was formed two of these gentlemen have died – Sir Clyde Walcott and Norman Marshall.
Our mandate is to encourage a culture of leadership and excellence in the game of cricket and in every aspect of life. Through its members, the company aims to inspire a new generation of cricketers by placing them in contact with national legends who have successfully represented the West Indies at cricket.
• Our Mission
To efficiently market world-class products and services which reflect the rich legacy of West Indies cricket, thus contributing to Barbados and West Indies cricket development while securing the financial future of the Cricket Legends of Barbados.
• Our Vision
To use the example and achievements of the Cricket Legends of Barbados to encourage a culture of leadership and excellence in cricket which will restore West Indies cricket to its former glory.