The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) today offered a tribute in memory of CBU Hall of Famer and regional sports broadcasting stalwart, Mr. Tony Cozier, on learning the sad news that he had died in his home country Barbados, following after being hospitalized with a serious illness.
Colleague and Chairman of the CBU Hall of Fame Selection Panel, Jones P. Madeira, remembered Mr. Cozier’s pivotal role in coverage of cricket for the region. Mr. Madeira said, “I remember the early days of sending him out as a CBU ambassador, with fellow commentator “Reds” Pereira to cover cricket, despite the challenges in getting him onto the broadcast
teams outside of the Caribbean. His commentary always made the difference, and he became one of the world’s best.” Mr. Cozier was
inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 1997. Tony Cozier studied journalism at Ottawa University and became a cricket writer is 1958. His first experience as a cricket commentator was in 1960 at Queen’s Park Oval when he was asked by Radio 610 in Trinidad and Tobago to identify the new Barbados players in a regional game. His first test match commentary on radio was during the West Indies v Australia game in 1965.
Mr. Cozier had also been a member of the BBC’s test match special commentary team and the Sky Sports West Indian Cricket commentary team as well as commentating for Channel Nine in Australia. He wrote the definitive The West Indies: 50 Years of Test Cricket, published in 1978, and was editor of The West Indies Cricket Annual for all its 22 editions.
Tony Cozier became the “unmistakable voice of West Indies cricket” and was regarded by many as the world’s preeminent cricket broadcaster. As a tribute to his contributions to cricket, the press box at the Kensington Oval in Barbados was named after him. In December 2011, Mr. Cozier was awarded honorary life membership of the MCC for his contribution to cricket.
The Caribbean Broadcasting Union extends sincere condolences to Mr. Cozier’s family and loved ones on his passing.