H.E. Paul Brummell – UK High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean made an intriguing suggestion while on board the RFA Argus (which was an essential component in 1982 during the dispute with Buenos Aires), the envoy hinted perhaps it’s time for the Falklands to ask for Independence from Britain so Argentina’s forced to recognise it as a sovereign territory, especially if UN members accept and acknowledge the new status of the British Dependent Territory.

The diplomat’s comments were part of a cocktail session on board the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ARGUS who’s visiting Barbados 27 November to 3 December 2012 to take part in celebrating Barbados’ 46th year of Independence. The Falkland Islands cricket team is visiting Barbados until 3 December as part of a Caribbean tour, also taking in Jamaica and Belize.

The team held matches against local sides, Isolation Cavaliers and North Stars over the weekend, at their home grounds in St Andrew and St Lucy respectively.

The Falkland Islands is one of fourteen British Overseas Territories and has been continuously, peacefully and effectively inhabited and administered by Britain since 1833. The only exception to this was the brief illegal occupation by Argentine military forces in 1982. The islands have a land mass of 4,700 square miles and a population of around 3,000 people.

Although cricket has been played in the Falklands since the 1920’s, the Falkland Islands only became a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as recently as 2007 and played their first international tournament in June 2010 when they competed in the ICC Americas Championship in Mexico. Their historic opening fixture resulted in a victory over Costa Rica, with captain Elliott Taylforth claiming a hat trick.

The team has adopted an official charity for each leg of their Caribbean tour and team members have been raising funds to ensure that they can give something back to the communities that they visit. Here in Barbados the team are supporting the Irving Wilson School for blind, deaf and autistic children.

David Hewitt at full pace

A group of students and teachers from the school went to the match against North Stars in St Lucy. School Principal Wilmont Straughn gave a trophy at the end of the match to the victors. In addition to the cricket matches, the team is looking forward to exploring Barbados and having an opportunity to enjoy its world famous beaches and tourist sites.

Team captain Craig Paice said: “We’re very happy to see Barbados, a beautiful country with a rich cricketing heritage that has produced numerous world class players. We know that the standard of cricket will be very high but we’re excited about the challenge.”

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