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Published:Tuesday | January 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Allie Binns, the former Jamaica and West Indies wicket-keeper /batsman, died in Fort Lauderdale on Friday after suffering from an earlier stroke.Binns, who was born on July 24, 1929, first played for Melbourne, then St George's College Old Boys,...

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Kingston Cricket Club, the home of Sabina Park, the country's world-famous cricket venue, has received a Christmas gift second to none.Minutes after enjoying a wonderful lunch on Friday at its annual Christmas get-together, and shortly before a...

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

The West Indies, or the Windies, begin their Test tour of New Zealand tomorrow with one thing on their minds: to beat the Kiwis on the way to re-establishing their cricketing pedigree.For the West Indies, however, who were once looking down as kings...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 12:18 AMTony Becca

  One of the delights of cricket is to witness the unexpected, to see the coming of a champion, or a champion team, and at the same time to bask in the surprise, the big upset if you are on the side of the upsetters. And apart of those...

Published:Saturday | June 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Australia's sport minister, Greg Hunt, seems to be a man after my own heart.Australian cricket appears to be heading for a collision over a pay dispute in which Cricket Australia (CA) is proposing a pay structure in which there will now be a salary...

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Ever since 1967, when I became the honorary secretary of Melbourne Cricket Club, I started talking about an islandwide Senior Cup competition, and when I became a journalist in 1973, I started writing about it.In 1990, while I was the president of...

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

The following is the second and final part of an article by columnist Tony Becca on great performances at Sabina Park. The venue will host its 50th Test this weekend.Because of all the run-getters, including Clyde Walcott, who scored 155 and 110 as...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:23 AMTony Becca

The following is Part I of an article by columnist Tony Becca on great performances at Sabina Park. The venue will host its 50th Test this weekend. Part II will be published tomorrow.The late, great English cricket writer Sir Neville Cardus,...

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

When I was a boy, I heard of him, the same way that I heard of champions like George Headley, Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, and Alfred Valentine, and when I became a young man, I finally saw him play, although he had passed his best and retired by...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 12:13 AMTony Becca

When first I saw Virat Kohli at bat, I thought he had everything to become a really top class batsman. When next I saw him, on the television screen, I realised he had become one of the best, probably the best batsmen of his time. Recently, however...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:50 AMTony Becca

When I was a young man, selectors were seen as people who generally knew what they were doing and who selected people who knew how to do a good job – to make runs, to take wickets, and, all things being equal, to field as well as possible,...

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

It was a deafening noise. They were shouting and chanting something or the other. It was during the Cricket World Cup of 1987 and I was sitting inside the Hilton Hotel in Lahore, Pakistan, opposite the entrance awaiting the former Pakistan captain,...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Sandra Riettie, the former Jamaica table tennis representative, is now the first person in the world to hold four International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) coaching certificates.Riettie, a former women's singles champion of Jamaica on nine...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

His name was Basil Williams - or to be more precise, Alvadon Basil Williams - but to Jamaicans and other West Indians, he was simply 'Shotgun'.He was a cricketer, an opening batsman, and as the sobriquet suggests, he was a no-nonsense, attacking and...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

The decision not to select Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the Australian Test series must have been a tough one for the West Indies selectors.At 40, almost 41 years old, Chanderpaul, with 164 Test matches, is the West Indies' most capped player, and...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Mustafa Kamal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) president from Bangladesh, resigned recently. In doing so, however, he failed to keep a promise...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

MusTafa Kamal, the ICC president from Bangladesh, resigned last week. In doing so, however, he failed to keep a promise.Kamal had promised to spill the beans about the ICC when, after criticising what he saw as a poor umpiring decision in a World...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

The preliminary round of the cricket World Cup is now history, and regardless of what happens from here on in, it was enjoyable. It was enjoyable partly because of the presence and performance of the Associate members and some of their players.The...

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Vester Constantine, the former Jamaica Defence Force, Cavalier, and Jamaica goalkeeper is dead.He died in Montego Bay on Saturday, February 7, and will be buried on Tuesday, February 24.A Grenadian who arrived in Jamaica in the 1960s as a member of...

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

The West Indies went through a rough time in South Africa recently. At the end of the three-match Test series, the count was two defeats and one draw, and the draw, more or less, was because of rain in Port Elizabeth.At the end of the one-day series...

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Forty years ago the first World Cup tournament was played, the West Indies were fancied to win it because of their style of play, and they did win it.

Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

A galaxy of former West Indies stars, plus a couple others from elsewhere, is set to gather in Florida next month for what should be a me

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

When the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies begins tomorrow morning, it is expected to be a one-sided affair, a contest

Published:Saturday | September 13, 2014 | 12:00 AMTony Becca

Many things have changed in sports coverage over the past 40 years.

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