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When a 'flying coach' in Pakistan reminded 'Busy' of Bell and Ziadie

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

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IN previous years Clive 'Busy' Campbell spent a lot of time with the West Indies cricket team, particularly when his good friend Viv Richards, the Antiguan master batsman, was captain.

Campbell is never short for words while sharing his experiences on tour with the team which, in those days, dominated world cricket.

And while all those experiences are indelibly etched in his memory, there is one that he is not likely ever to forget, because as it unfolded it revived the pain he felt at losing two of his closest friends -- Jackie Bell and Dennis Ziadie -- who both died in a bus crash in Mexico during the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Campbell's harrowing experience occurred the following year at the ICC Cricket World Cup hosted jointly by Pakistan and India.

"I was in Lahore and the team was going to play a match in Multan (approximately 194 miles away)," Campbell told the Jamaica Observer.

The team and Campbell were scheduled to leave their hotel at 8:00 am. However, the bus left Campbell.

"I asked the man at the hotel front desk how you get to Multan, and he said 'you have to take flying coach', which is a minibus," Campbell recalled.

"So I had to take a taxi to where I would get this flying coach, and I telling you, the hour and 45 minutes I was on that bus, I was at the front, is Jackie and Dennis I see in front of me," Campbell said.

"The man was driving fast, and that's when I got to understand why they call it flying coach. You have cows a walk cross the road and this man driving and blowing his horn, I tell you, I couldn't even shut my eyes."

— Vernon Davidson

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