West Indies news October 8, 2011

Jamaica board revokes Rowe honour

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has revoked its decision to name the pavilion at Sabina Park after former West Indies batsmen Lawrence Rowe. The decision came after Rowe reportedly told a radio station that he hadn't done anything wrong by participating in the West Indies rebel tours to South Africa in 1983 and 1984. In June this year, Rowe had apologised for touring South Africa during apartheid while being honoured by the JCA.

"The Board of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) after much consideration, decided at its last Board meeting to revoke the decision it took on June 20, 2011, to name the players' Pavilion at Sabina Park in honour of Mr. Lawrence Rowe," the Jamaica Observer quoted a JCA board release as saying.

"By virtue of what he said he showed no remorse," JCA president Lyndel Wright told the same newspaper. "The people of Jamaica have been hurt and as a national sporting body we have been embarrassed by his statements in the interview.

"While it was a hot issue in the media, we didn't want to rush to a decision so it took us some time to deliberate and consider the issue."

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  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Pettiness as usual !! The man said he regretted it. Are you going to hold it against him for the rest of his life ? Let it go ! This is the 21st century. Go Lawrencel

  • Clairmonte on October 9, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Why should he be forgiven when he is not remorseful? We West Indians do not have a short memory of the human degradation and viciousness of Apartheid!

  • denises on October 9, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    This is 2011 and i cannot understand why Rowe has not been forgiven for what he did.They going to South Africa did some good. This matter should be rekindled and it is good that you have written about it .....He that is without sin let hih cast the first stone......none of you would be able to cast that stone

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    What people think we have short term memmory oh no it is still vey vivid in our minds what Rowe did it was painful then and think about it now,it is painful. The jca did the very best thing for cricket and for human rights,Rowe was never repentant for all these years ,if you study the tone of his interviews it is very easy to see that he doesn't give a damn for what he did. With hind site what rowe did greatly affected west indies cricket, leading the team to south Africa only to weakened our cricket many years later. When you have a whole thing and you tear it in two it cannot be the same strength, that is what happen when some of best the players in the world was taken from us it weakened our cast. If we had the contribution of all these former greats our criketing community would have being better served. what Rowe did connot be taken for granted he has rob the caribbean people of many years of world cricket dominance, by his leadership of the next half of a great team to sa.

  • Benwood on October 9, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    I have to wonder if you have the faintest idea of what you are writing about. The overwhelming majority of people in the Caribbean were totally opposed to the players playing in South Africa - regardless of the large sums that they were offered. This was the reason that those who returned to live in the Caribbean were ostracised b the wider community. You are trying to rewrite history.

  • Rob on October 9, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    A side note to the West Indian rebel tours of South Africa in the 1980's was that many in the Caribbean could well understand the players going and taking the very large amounts of rands as what they were being offered was quite literally a decade's worth of pay if they had remained and always been selected for the national side. And in addition almost all have now forgotten that Marshall and Haynes also agreed to tour and only did not when they were stopped at Perth airport from flying to Johannesburg.

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