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Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has issued the following statement thanking Dr. Julian Hunte for his contribution to West Indies cricket.
“On behalf of the government and people of St Lucia, I extend sincerest gratitude to Dr. The Honourable Julian R. Hunte for his 33 years of distinguished and unyielding service to West Indies cricket and in particular, for the six years he served the West Indies Cricket Board as President.
“Julian took over the reigns of West Indies cricket at what many agree was the darkest period of our regional sport and with decisive and visionary leadership instituted and implemented the measures and programmes necessary to first bring an end to the spiraling decline then lay the foundations for the future success of the game. The region has already begun to see tangible results and progress of the foundational work done under his leadership.
“His tenure will be recorded in history as ‘the’ one which transformed the regional game and ensured its future success consistent with the desires and expectations of our cricket loving public.
“Julian’s selfless service to cricket in St Lucia, Windward Islands and what was then the Combined Islands is also deserving of the highest commendations and acclaim which we do offer without reservation. He served West Indies cricket, for which he has an unyielding passion and love and represented St Lucia with the utmost dignity, class and honour.
“We salute him for his achievements and accomplishments and fearless representation of our beloved West Indies cricket on the international front and in the sometimes, hostile regional environment. To have become the first President originating from a small island was a statement of his strength and to have survived six (6) years is telling of his character.
“I extend sincerest gratitude to Dr. The Honourable Julian R. Hunte for his 33 years of distinguished and unyielding service to West Indies cricket and in particular for the six years he served the West Indies Cricket Board as President. His record will be remain unmatched for a very long time.”