UWI Vice-Chancellor Inducted into US Cricket Hall of Fame
Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, was inducted into the US Cricket Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Sir Beckles received the honour at a special ceremony on March 7, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut, the UWI said in a statement.
The US Cricket Hall of Fame – the oldest such organisation in the world – recognised his many contributions to the advancement of West Indies and world cricket.
Sir Hilary, who began his cricket career playing at youth level for Warwickshire County in England, where he was mentored by West Indies legends Rohan Kanhai and Lance Gibbs, chose instead the path to academia.
While a student at Hull University, he played semiprofessional as an all-rounder, seamer and middle order batsman, for Hull City and later in Barnsley town in the prestigious Yorkshire league.
On returning to the Caribbean, he played for The UWI Mona Campus team in Jamaica, which he captained, and then for the Cave Hill Campus team in Barbados where he established a Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) record.
He was the only player in the history of the BCA to top the runs and wickets tally in the same season.
However, it was his contribution to cricket as an administrator, scholar and strategic innovator that was the core of the citation read by Michael Chambers, Director of the Hall of Fame. Read more
Source: Loop News (Trinidad & Tobago)