West Indies cricket legend Sir Garry Sobers spoke to an audience of Ballerkermeen and St Ninian’s High School students while he was in the island to be guest speaker at the HSBC-sponsored Sporting and Dining Club’s latest event.
He talked to students about the annual young people’s cricket tournament that bears his name in Barbados and said he hoped an island team would enter.
The cricket great also spoke about playing against Aussie Dennis Lillee, and described the new shorter form of the game, T20, as providing entertainment and funding for clubs, but admitted Test cricket remains the best form.
When asked if there was any bowler he wouldn’t want to face now, he advised young players not to fear anyone. Sir Garry also spoke about how hard it is to compare current and past players’ performances, as there have been so many changes to the game.
He spoke about playing in Australia before crowds of 90,000-plus.
Asked what inspired him to play, he said everyone in the West Indies plays cricket, but it was a way someone like him, from a humble background, could travel the world for free.
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