Well-known West Indian cricket commentator Tony Cozier has died in his hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados after a long illness.
His career spanned over five decades and included extensive work across TV, radio and written media. Cozier covered West Indies cricket for over 50 years, making a great contribution towards the game.
Inspired by his father, who was a Barbadian journalist, Jimmy Cozier, the managing editor for the St Lucia Voice and founder of the Barbados Daily News, Cozier decided to follow in his footsteps and studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He began his reporting career in 1958.
Cozier had the honour of having the media centre at his home ground, Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, named after him in December 2011.
He was also a phenomenal sportsman, having played hockey as a goalkeeper for Barbados and cricket as an opening batsman and wicket-keeper for two of his hometown clubs, Wanderers and Carlton.
To many fans across the Caribbean, Cozier was simply the voice and conscience of West Indies cricket.
His love for the game was a positive influence, in allowing him to tell his story across a golden era for West Indies cricket.
He was well respected by players and fans around the world.
For more than 50 years, Cozier’s voice had resonated in homes across the cricketing world through media: television, radio and the written word. He was admired for his passion, insight and enthusiasm, but most of all for his encyclopedic knowledge and love of the game.
By Jonathan de Bruin