Graham Gooch, former captain of the England cricket team, will be in the Cayman Islands next month to take part in a fundraiser to help support cricket development in Cayman.
The legendary English batsman will visit Cayman on May 16-20, and will feature in the “All Out” fundraising weekend, which includes a golf tournament at the North Sound Golf Club on Friday, May 18, and an “all-inclusive summer party” at Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club on the evening of Saturday, May 19.
He will also make an appearance at the youth cricket coaching clinics at the Smith Road Oval that Saturday morning.
Cayman Cricket’s Vice President Hector Robinson said in a press release announcing Mr. Gooch’s participation: “We are so excited to have Graham Gooch and his wife visiting Cayman this year; he is certainly one of the most distinguished international cricketers of his generation, and a genuine all-time great.
“We are hopeful that Mr. Gooch’s presence as a player in our golf tournament, and as guest of honor at the party, will encourage the community to come out and enter a golf team or purchase tickets for the party. These events will contribute towards our aim of raising $50,000 to help us to further develop our youth programmes and coaching resources. It is only by investing in a long-term youth development strategy that we can build on recent success – and ensure our players are equipped to compete on a world stage.”
Mr. Gooch is one of the most successful batsmen of his generation. Through a career that spanned from 1973 to 2000, he became the most prolific run-scorer of all time with 67,057 runs across first-class and limited overs games. He is one of only 25 players to have scored 100 first class centuries.
He was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket in 1991.
Mr. Gooch led the England side 34 times and was captain in the 1992 World Cup final defeat by Pakistan. He played in two other World Cup finals, in 1979 and 1987. He was England’s leading test run maker, with a total of 8,900 runs and 20 centuries, until he was surpassed by his protege Alastair Cook.
After 118 tests, he retired from play in 1997, but continued in the cricket field, working as a coach, team selector and commentator. He was an England batting coach from 2012 to 2014, and was inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame in 2009.
His visit comes on the back of legendary West Indian batting pair Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, who came to Cayman last year for Cayman Cricket’s “Legends Reunited” fundraiser.
Cayman Cricket organizers said they hope to bring more international cricket stars to Cayman to encourage interest and support for the sport.