St. Lucia News Online:
Chris Gayle and Patrick Patterson will be honoured by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) during a 50-over match, that will see a UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI team compete against the Bangladesh International touring team on Thursday July 19, 2018 at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
Patterson, a Caribbean legend, has the reputation as one of the fastest, fiercest and dangerous pacemen of his time. Gayle, one of the leading cricket icons of this age, is described as the most destructive batsman of his generation in all forms of the game, and a captivating spirit of Windies and world cricket.
The 19th annual Vice-Chancellor’s XI Cricket Match hosted by The UWI—a tradition which celebrates the historic partnership between The University and the West Indies Cricket Board of Control (now Cricket West Indies)—bowls off at 2:00 p.m. (Jamaica time) and is free and open to the public.
West Indies Test players Chris Gayle, and Chadwick Walton (Captain) as well as UWI players O.J. Shields, Oshane Walters, Andre Russell, Amir Jangoo, Yannick Ottley, Jarlani Searles, Vikash Mohan, Nicholas Kirton, Kavem Hodge, Jermaine Levy and Gillon Tyson will comprise the Vice-Chancellor’s XI. Bangladesh, led by skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, will be preparing for their ODI and T20 Series against the West Indies and will use the match against the Vice-Chancellor’s XI as a warm-up game.
Gayle and Patterson will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to West Indies cricket as part of a longstanding highlight of the annual match. Previous honourees include Michael Holding, Sir Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Jeffrey Dujon, Desmond Haynes, Andy Roberts, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, to name a few.
Commenting on the initiative, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who was the initial project-leader of the Vice-Chancellor’s XI Match 19 years ago, and is wholly committed to the rebuilding of cricket and the advancement of Caribbean sport development, said, “Once again The UWI takes the opportunity of working with Cricket West Indies to celebrate the excellence of the peoples’ culture. We celebrate Mr Gayle, ‘World boss’ and living legend for his phenomenal productivity and creative performances. We honour Mr Patterson for the spark of brilliance he ignited in our cricket with his explosive genius. We uplift him this day and every day and hope to restore some of that which he gave us.”
Dean of The UWI Faculty of Sport, Dr Akshai Mansingh added further, “The Vice Chancellor’s XI matches have been integral in exposing young talent to international teams over the years. With the advent of a Faculty of Sport, we will build on this sort of initiative with developmental and talent search programmes in the region.”
Another special feature of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s XI Match will be the launch of The UWI Faculty of Sport’s “Pace Like Fire” initiative—a community outreach programme geared towards youth, between the ages of 16 and 22, with raw pace.
Beginning August 8, a scouting team will embark on a regional tour to identify 15 players (10 males, 5 females).
The players will be the beneficiaries of a comprehensive high performance programme at the Sagicor UWI Cricket High Performance Centre at The UWI Cave Hill Campus, for two years, to hone their talents.
The University sees this exciting talent identification programme as part of its responsiveness to the needs of the cricketing region, and to advancing the West Indies’ journey back to the top of world cricket through the emergence of quality pace bowlers.