The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has described the late Tony Cozier as “a true Son of the Caribbean soil”, “a legend” and “the master”.
In a statement following Cozier’s passing yesterday morning at the Bay View Hospital in Barbados, the PPP joined the rest of the world in acknowledging that “Tony Cozier was the voice of West Indian Cricket”.
“Tony Cozier, the West Indian cricket writer, commentator and journalist, the true voice of the Caribbean people for more than fifty years will be sadly missed. The People’s Progressive Party will like to extend, on behalf of all our members and thousands of supporters, our heartfelt sympathy to his dear wife Jillian, his son Craig and daughter Natalie, his grand children and his extended family, and the cricket fraternity all over the world,” the PPP stated.
The party said it recognized his tremendous contribution to the development of cricket which is the real unifying force in the Caribbean. “He was the Caribbean Ambassador who markets our cricket as the best product in the cricketing world. The Master Cozier was able to identify scores of young cricketers and help them to achieve greatness in cricket. He covered more than three hundred test matches and release stress and pains as spectators all over the world listened and watched his live ball by ball coverage,” the PPP said.
It said the Tony Cozier legacy must unite our people as we celebrate the great works he left with us.
May his soul rest in peace.