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Why no one of note remembers Boycott

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The unprovoked comment made Geoffrey Boycott about three of our West Indian legends is most unfortunate and he should be dropped as a panellist for BBC for series between the West Indies and England.

Boycott did not do as much as what Curtley Ambrose, Vivian Richards or Garfield Sobers did for cricket. He was, in fact, one of the slowest scorers in Test cricket ever. People like Boycott are among the reasons cricket is considered by some to be a boring sport. He is only trying to be current after 50 years.

Cricket did not miss Boycott. If he is true to himself he will not try to think he was of the same mettle as these three icons. In another 20 or so years he won't be remembered at all because he was not revered by his own nation for his ultimate contribution to the game of cricket. He could not fit into the shadow of the illustrious careers of these great men.

They should give him the knighthood to satisfy his miserable soul. Maybe then he will get rest from the nightmare days of the 1970s until now.

On June 9, 1967 Boycott was dropped from the England side after making 246 not out in an English total of 550. Because of the slow batting he displayed in a Test the English won. The Master Blaster (Sir Viv), who he now criticises, once held the two fastest Test innings in a 72-run century against, guess who, Australia at Adelaide in 1980. Another immortal innings by Viv came in his hometown in Antigua in 1986 against England when he made a century from 58 balls.

Who deserves knighthood more?

Paris Taylor

Greater Portmore





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