Saturday night in NYC,
a truly momentous occasion took place as an unprecedented event in the USA took
place- Brian Lara and Shiv Chanderpaul, with 3 other cricket greats, Clive
Lloyd, Courtney Walsh and Jimmy Adams were celebrated for the incredible joy
they have given us over the years at an awards party!
- Shiv Chanderpaul,Jimmy Adams, Courtney Walsh, Brian
Lara, Clive Lloyd, Lloyd Jodah, Suleman Mohammad (York College- National
- Fans were given the opportunity to get autographs, photos and chat with their
idols - it was a celebration of cricket stars.....for the fans not just cricketers
Brian Lara receiving his Award.
A party ambiance pervaded as the stars were featured in
retrospective film clips and presented with their Awards onstage. All of them are
former Captains of the West Indies team.....Clive Lloyd being one of the most
successful Captains in history.
Brian Lara received an
Award from American College Cricket and TV Asia
for his amazing career, and for his "support for cricket in the USA" by making
this appearance. Lara was asked if he had any regrets about
retiring when he did, and he said he had none. When asked about Tendulkar, Lara
said Sachin "is my friend, and I hope people will allow him to decide when the
time is right".
York College's Mohammad Suleman presented the Award to Brian Lara.
Then it was time to
make a surprise announcement, & Award ! The previous Thursday at a Press
Conference Shiv Chanderpaul had announced the launch of the College Cricket Hall
of Fame. Tonight, to Shiv's surprise it was announced that,
"In recognition of his unique & unprecedented
role in the development of cricket TV Asia & American
College Cricket honors Shivnarine
Chanderpaul American College Cricket
Patron,as The First Inductee in the American
College Cricket Hall of Fame 2012″.
Lloyd Jodah explained, "Shiv Chanderpaul
has been our Patron and Brand Ambassador since December 2008, and since
college-level is the grass roots of all major sports in the US, Shiv has been
tremendously encouraging of the game's development."
Chanderpaul told TV Asia, "I'm
honored......I look forward to when the first young college cricketers in USA and
Canada are inducted into the Hall of Fame."
The Hall of Fame will honor college cricket
players for their on and off the field contribution to American College Cricket.
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