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Ganteaume, Murray, Mc Donald, Michell to discuss Worrell

For Release Upon Receipt - March 13, 2007

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies and The Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Committee will hold a panel discussion to celebrate the life the late Sir Frank Worrell, cricketer extraordinaire and former captain of the West Indies cricket team.

The panel discussion, which will take place at The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium on Thursday 22nd March, 2007 at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. It is being held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the passing of the late great cricketer.

Panellists will examine the life of Worrell, who is generally acknowledged not only as a great cricketer but also a great cricket captain, team player and diplomat. Worrell’s last years were spent at the Mona and St. Augustine Campuses of The University of the West Indies as Hall Warden, Dean of Students and Director of Sports.

Panellists will include Andy Ganteaume, former international and test cricketer as well as long-time personal friend of Frank Worrell; Deryck Murray, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and former West Indian cricketer, who made his Test debut under the late Sir Frank Worrell; Trinidad-born Dr. Ian Mc Donald, now based in Guyana, a significant Caribbean man of letters, novelist, poet and writer on cricket; His Excellency, John Michell, Australian High Commissioner, who is a keen cricket enthusiast. The discussion will be hosted by sports journalist, Fazeer Mohammed.

The event is organised by the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Committee (TT), which includes Professor Baldwin Mootoo (Chairman), Audley Walker (Vice-Chairman), Ms. Toni Smart (Secretary/ Treasurer), Bruce Aanensen, Ousman Ali, Andy Ganteaume, Kirk Pereira, Forbes Persaud and William Rodriguez.

It is one of several being staged in various territories throughout the Caribbean in honour of Sir Frank. In Jamaica, The University of the West Indies has agreed to name its existing blood donation drive in Sir Frank's name and extend it to a national "Frank Worrell Blood Drive", with the first drive carded for March 27 and 28.  In Barbados, events include a day/night cricket match at the 3 W's playing field at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus on March 12 and the launch of a Worrell biography by Sir Everton Weekes on April 25. In Antigua, there will be a panel discussion on Wednesday 28th March featuring Professor Gregson Davis, distinguished Antiguan scholar and cricket aficionado; and Mr. Dorbrene O'Marde; well-known Antiguan intellectual, social commentator and playwright, and Lance Gibbs.