Global fans to celebrate Sir Garry’s 80 not out

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Sir_Garry_Sobers_2012PRESS RELEASE – Barbados and cricketing fans worldwide once more wait with baited breath as the ‘World’s Greatest Cricketer’ approaches another monumental milestone – his 80th birthday.

Sir Garfield Sobers’ contribution to the great game has long cemented his place in history’s page; surpassed only by his humility and passionate efforts to promote West Indies cricket to the ends of the earth.

Fans from around the world are expected to converge on the island of Barbados for this momentous occasion dubbed ‘Sir Garry: 80 Not Out Season of Celebration.’  Running from July 3-31, this exciting calendar of activities will include the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament from July 3-20, a keenly anticipated Celebrity T20 Cricket match on July 28 at Kensington Oval and will culminate with a gala reception entitled an ‘Evening with Sir Garry’ at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Friday, July 29. Celebrations will also feature an invitational golf tournament at the world famous Sandy Lane Golf and Country Club on Sunday, July 31.  

The T20 match will bring together several local, regional and international past and present cricketing celebrities including Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, the legendary duo Courtney Walsh and Sir Curtly Ambrose, former England player, Freddie Flintoff, India’s Ravi Shastri and Pakistan’s Rashid Latif. Barbadian cricketing heroes Collis King, Sherwin Campbell and Philo Wallace will also take their place among some of the game’s most prolific players, who will compete as the Sir Garfield Sobers Masters team, managed by Sir Clive Lloyd.  

They will go up against a youthful squad of all-stars managed by Sir Vivian Richards. Fans can expect a clash of cricket’s past, present and future with the element of the party cricket energy which can only be experienced in the Caribbean.

Tickets can be secured from – BDS $30.00 for 3Ws, $20.00 for all other stands and children 12 and under are free.

Sir Garfield Sobers remains active as an ambassador for Barbados and cricket, using his celebrity status to attract numerous sporting opportunities to the island and providing the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) with a wealth of experience as a sports consultant. His exploits as a master practitioner of the game have helped to give Barbados the entrenched position as the Caribbean cricket mecca. His mentorship of several generations of players on and off the pitch, his charismatic style of play and his successes as a leader of his teammates has gone a long way to ensure that passion for the sport will be forever synonymous with his name.

“With this tribute to Sir Garry, we have determined to provide his fans around the world with a true Barbadian experience in the form of a packed itinerary of signature events in the midst of our beautiful, tranquil and immersive destination.  We anticipate that many will take advantage of this momentous occasion to also celebrate Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence, both Bajans living abroad and global fans of the great game, many of whom can trace his career from its inception.”

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One comment

  1. Happy 80th!

    I believe that "the-back-of-the-hand" and the "google" spin bowling skills will die with him. And so will too, the aristocratic form of the game, called the test match. Sad. There is no Tony Cozier around anymore to help us understand the many "mysteries" of the game. It is now robbed of much of its guile and deep strategy.


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