Cricket Museum to open in Barbados

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Barbados is preparing for the official opening in November of the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum. Located on Fontabelle at Herbert House, site of the current Cricket Legends of Barbados store, the museum will feature historic West Indian cricket memorabilia, along with state of the art interactive information kiosks. At a press conference yesterday at Herbert House attended by Rev. Wes Hall, Desmond Haynes, Cammie Smith, Joel Garner and Philo Wallace, Minister of Family, Youth and Sports, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo said she was overjoyed with the concept of the museum and pledged her Ministry’s continued support to the Cricket Legends of Barbados. “I know that when Barbadians decide to come, from what I have seen here today, they are going to be in for a treat,” Byer-Suckoo said. “My concern is for our pride and national identity and seeing all the plans for the new museum, I know it is going to be really exciting. To that end, I have renewed my commitment that the Ministry of Sport needs to work more closely with the Cricket Legends of Barbados. “There is so much that they have to offer. We can’t forget where cricket has brought us and that cricket has a role to play in our continued development, not only in sport, but in our national development. While the legends may not be on the field, certainly they are interested in the development of cricket and the development of Barbados on a whole.”
Acknowledging that West Indies cricket was in a current state of decline, Byer-Suckoo said that now, more than ever, was the time to reflect on the past cricketing exploits of legends. “We are all concerned where cricket is now and even where cricket is going, but we cannot forget what cricket has been to Barbados. We cannot forget those persons who have made cricket great in Barbados and, by extension, have made Barbados great.”
During the press conference, businessman Rawle Brancker, a former West Indies player himself, highlighted that the articles to be on display were priceless, irreplaceable and there to be admired by all. “The things we have in storage right now are irreplaceable. We cannot replace the bat the Desmond [Haynes] made his first century with at Lords. We cannot replace the ball that Wes [Hall] got the first West Indian hat-trick with. These are prized pieces and we must keep them in the museum for prosperity.”

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