Daily Nation – KINGSTON – Hard-hitting West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has expressed his delight at being recognised by the University of the West Indies for his contribution to cricket.
- KINGSTON – Hard-hitting West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has expressed his delight at being recognised by the University of the West Indies for his contribution to cricket.
- The 38-year-old Gayle along with fast-bowler Patrick Patterson, was honoured by the university during a match between a Vice Chancellor’s XI and Bangladesh at Sabina Park on Thursday.
- Patterson was unable to attend the presentation ceremony and his award was collected by former West Indies and Jamaica teammate, and now Bangladesh bowling coach, Courtney Walsh.
- “The selection of Gayle and Patterson was handpicked by the Vice-Chancellor (Sir Hilary Beckles) himself this year, who has an admiration for the contribution that Patterson has made by his fierce fast bowling, which he believes has dwindled a bit the Caribbean, and is something he would like to revive,” said Dr Akshai Mansingh, Dean of the Faculty of Sports at UWI.
- Other West Indies players who have also been awarded for their contributions include legends Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Walsh.