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October 8, 2011
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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