Tony Cozier, Barbadian cricket writer and commentator, Died at 75


Winston Anthony Lloyd “Tony” Cozier was born on July 10, 1940, and died on May 11, 2016.

He was a cricket writer and commentator for West Indian cricket since 1958.

He was widely distinguished for his extensive knowledge of cricket facts and statistics dating back to the 1950s.

Barbados journalist Jimmy Cozier was his father, who was the managing editor for the St Lucia Voice and founder of the Barbados Daily News and he studied journalism at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Tony played hockey as a goalkeeper for Barbados and cricket as a batsman and wicket-keeper for two local Barbados clubs.

His first Test Match commentary on the radio was on West Indies v Australia in 1965.

He was a member of the BBC’s Test Match Special commentary team.

Tony Cozier has also commentated for Channel Nine in Australia and was a member of the Sky Sports West Indian Cricket commentary team.

As a writer, he wrote the definitive The West Indies: 50 Years of Test Cricket (published 1978)[5] with a foreword by Garfield Sobers.

Tony served as the was editor of The West Indies Cricket Annual for all its 22 editions.

As a tribute to his participation in cricket, the press box at the Kensington Oval has been named after him.

Tony was awarded honorary life membership of the MCC for his contribution to cricket, in December 2011.

Tony Cozier passed away at 75 yrs old.