Howzat for heritage!

The West Indies Cricket Heritage Centre was launched at the National Stadium in St George’s, Grenada, on Saturday.

It came at the start of the annual Grenada Cricket Classic.

The centre, showcasing cricket memorabilia dating back to the 1800s, is believed to be the first of its kind in the region and is a private venture of avid cricket fan Phillip Daniel.

‘We are trying to tell a story of West Indies cricket, how it has progressed and where it is today,’ said Daniel.

‘We want to make it fun for everybody. Not just to learn about West Indies cricket but Caribbean social history too.’

Items in the centre range from clothing to cricket gear, as well as film shows and interactive games. There are also signed photographs dating back to 1923.

While similar centres exist in Trinidad, Antigua and Barbados, Daniel said those were unique to their island’s cricket history and were not of the same depth and variety as the one in Grenada.

‘It stunned me that there is nothing in the region to celebrate the rich and glorious past of West Indies cricket,’ said Daniel who relocated to Grenada from England.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean were among leading state officials who attended the opening ceremony.

West Indies fast bowling legends Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith also attended the centre’s launch.

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Items in the centre range from clothing to cricket gear, as well as film shows and interactive games. There are also signed photographs dating back to 1923.

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