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PRESS RELEASE – The West Indies Benevolent Fund, also known as the West Indies Retired Players Foundation is targeting March 2017 to host a massive event to release information on all players who have represented this region in international cricket.
This event will coincide with the 2017 tour of the West Indies by England for three one-day internationals in Antigua and Barbados.
Chairman of the Fund, Dr Nigel Camacho revealed, “we are looking at initiatives which we hope to have completed by year end, which includes the complete database with all the retired players for West Indies. This is critical for us and we plan to get this done as one of our major projects for this year.”
To date, there have been 307 players in the Test format; 171 in ODI and 63 for Twenty20.
Since its inception in 2014, the Fund has hosted a number of events since its inception to include launches in at least five countries and a golf tournament which was held in Barbados last year which raised funds to assist several retired players. The Fund has disbursed US$15,000 in various pledges.
The directors along with Camacho, carrying on the work of this WICB initiative, are Major Radcliffe Daley (Jamaica); Sanjay Amin (Barbados); Nixon McLean and Wavell Hinds (WIPA).
Among the activities planned in the upcoming year are:
· Fundraising dinner
· Outreach – public awareness to collate information for the retired players’ database
The Chairman added that “an advertising campaign will be done to complete the database.” The next fundraising event is a golf tournament scheduled for the Cayman Islands later this year.