Eminent historian and academic, Barbadian Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is due to sit on a special panel to discuss West Indies Cricket in London. The current pro-vice-chancellor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and former board director of the West Indies Cricket Board is due to be in London on Saturday 28th September 2013 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

Sir Hilary, having been involved in the organisation of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup is also accredited with assisting in the establishment of the university cricket team and later the Combined Campuses and Colleagues team, is expected to deliver a presentation on his brainchild the High Performance Centre (HPC).

This event is being conducted by CaribDirect Multi-Media Limited which uses three main communication platforms to get the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom to engage with each other:; CaribDirect Seminar Series and CaribDirect Trade Mission Media Support.

Judging from responses from Barbadians at a recent Barbados "cricket extravaganza" in London, this event can't happen soon enough as Bajans have a lot of questions to ask the panel.

Judging from responses from Barbadians at a recent Barbados “cricket extravaganza” in London, this event can’t happen soon enough as Bajans have a lot of questions to ask the panel.

Other panellists on the day include former West Indies Cricket star and manager, Jamaican James ‘Jimmy’ Adams; UK based academic and renowned Caribbean historian and cricket author professor Clem Seecharan and the one and only Clive Lloyd, arguably one of the most celebrated cricket captains of all time.

The event will be moderated by Guyanese cricket enthusiast and historian Dr Kimani Nehusi a former national track and field athlete and coach life-long follower of Caribbean cricket.

Billed for a 1pm start the seminar promises to delve deep into the issues that have changed the way the game is played, marketed managed and perceived. Issues surrounding the attitudes, aspirations and motivation of present day players in contrast to the glory days of West Indies Cricket will be looked at.

Chief Executive Officer of CaribDirect Multi-Media Limited, Mr David F. Roberts confirms, “this seminar is ultimately intended to raise the visibility of West Indies cricket in the UK, a region where Caribbean people were once extremely passionate about their cricket. We have recognised that cricket for Caribbean folk here is no longer the sport of choice that once provided both national and Caribbean pride and we are determined to work with our partners to restore the one thing that brought Caribbean people together as a people. We are delighted to have Sir Hilary discuss with us for an afternoon his thoughts at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, on the way forward for the team while highlighting some of the challenges to help us all appreciate the true situation of the team.”

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