Winston Anthony Cozier, better known as “Tony” Cozier, was born July 10, 1940 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
He studied journalism at Ottawa University and has been a cricket writer since 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. He has also been a member of the BBC’s Test Match Special commentary team and the Sky Sports West Indian Cricket commentary team. He has also commentated for Channel Nine in Australia. He has since become the “unmistakable voice of West Indies cricket”.
He is regarded by many across the globe as the pre eminent cricket broadcaster in the world and his career has spanned many decades and all media. He has mastered the art of the written word as a long standing cricket writer, been the voice of cricket radio broadcasting and later emerged as one of the finest television cricket broadcasters working for the finest in the industry, including the BBC. Few can claim similar.
He has done commentary in every major cricket-playing country in the world and is sought after and respected worldwide.
He wrote the definitive “The West Indies: 50 Years of Test Cricket” (published 1978) and was editor of The West Indies Cricket Annual for all of its 22 editions.
As a tribute to his contributions to cricket, the Press Box at the Kensington Oval in Barbados has been named after him. In December 2011, he was awarded honorary life membership of the MCC for his contribution to cricket.
Tony Cozier was inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 1997.