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Jamaica’s Tony Becca, one of the Caribbean’s top sports writers has been inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in Hartford, Connecticut.This year’s class of inductees also included Antigua and West Indies great fast bowler Anderson Montgomery, Everton ‘Andy’ Roberts, India’s leg spin wizard Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and the late Alvin ‘Al’ Watson, Hubert Carlyle Miller and Barbara P. Lindo for their outstanding contribution to the development of the sport in the United States.
“I am proud to be (honoured) in the company of great men,” Mr. Becca said during his acceptance speech.He professed his love for the sport of cricket and shared what he said was his youthful aspiration to be a player of the calibre of such ‘immortals’ like Sir Frank Worrell or Sonny Ramadhin.
Mr. Becca began cricket reporting in l974 and is one of three West Indians who have reported on more than 150 test matches around the world. He served as Sports Editor and later Senior Sports Editor at the Gleaner Company in Kingston.
Mr. Becca who has received numerous awards for his professional excellence and service to the sport is an author and currently serves as President of the Sports Journalist Association of Jamaica and Director of the Sports Writers’ Association of the Americas.
Established in 1981 to honour and recognize those players who have made significant contributions to the sport of cricket, the Cricket Hall of Fame has so far inducted; Wes Hall, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Clyde Walcott, Lance Gibbs, George Headley, Sir Vivian Isaac Richards, Clive Lloyd, Sir Everton Weeks, Gundappa Viswanath, Michael Holding and Greg Chappell.
The organization is reportedly in discussion with the Hartford City Council for the construction of a cricket museum in the city.