Cricket Commentator Tony Cozier Dies At 75
West Indian commentator Tony Cozier has died, the West Indian Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday. He was 75.Advertisement
“Tony Cozier the legendary West Indies Cricket writer and commentary died this morning in Barbados. May he RIP,” WICB’s statement on Twitter reads.
Although Cozier did not have experience playing the sport at a high level, he over the years became a well-known name in the world of cricket commentary. As a cricket broadcaster for more than 50 years, his popularity shot after joining BBC’s Test Match Special team in 1966, as reported by the Telegraph.
“The lifelong work of Tony Cozier centred around West Indies cricket and he made a lasting contribution to the game,” WICB said. “He ensured that West Indies cricket fans all around the world received information and knowledge about their beloved team and their favourite players. His life was dedicated to the game in the Caribbean and we salute him for his outstanding work.”
As reported by BBC, Cozier, a son of a journalist, studied journalism at Carleton University in Canada. Although his association with the world of sports can be attributed to the fact that he played hockey as a goalkeeper for Barbados and cricket as a batsman and wicketkeeper for Wanderers and Carlton (both Barbados clubs), he is known for the work he did with some of the major media organizations across the globe – including, BBC, Channel Nine and Sky.
According to Wisden, Cozier had watched as many as 266 Tests in his career of 40 years of covering cricket until that point. He is also credited as being the editor of West Indies Cricket Annual between 1970 and 1991; he also wrote The West Indies: 50 Years of Test Cricket in 1978.
Bestowed with the honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club in December 2011, the Kensington Oval media center in Barbados was named after him.
Cozier is survived by wife Jillian, daughter Natalie and son Craig.