Cricket commentator Joseph Thomas said he has serious issues about naming the Players Pavilion after Cricket Umpire Billy Doctrove.
“Through the history of cricket in the world, never have there been any facility named after any official and my suggestion is based on this historical fact,” Thomas told a press briefing this morning at the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) office in Roseau.
The Players’ Pavilion at Windsor Park will be named after Doctrove later this year. He will be the only non-cricketer whose name will be affixed to the main structures at the ground.
Doctrove, 54, is currently the only umpire from the West Indies serving on the international elite panel.
“Billy Doctrove has an outstanding career. If Dominica wants to be the first to do it then so be it, but I still have a problem with the Players Pavilion being named after him,” Thomas noted.
Sports Minister Justina Charles had indicated that the three structures that ring the western side of the ground at the stadium would officially be named ahead of two One-Day Internationals between West Indies and South Africa in May, The Sun had reported.
Thomas has also expressed alarm over what he said is the failure of government to officially name the stands at the Windsor Park Stadium.
Thomas had sounded the call several months ago, but he said the matter is even more alarming because soon tickets for the two ODIs will go on sale.
Thomas said the relevant authorities should make public their intentions for the names of the different areas for the stadium.
He suggested naming the Players Pavilion after Dominica’s first test cricketer, deceased Grayson Shillingford, the South Stand- Adam Sanford, West Stand- Irvin Shillingford, North Stand- Caleb Laurent and Lockhart Sebastian, East Stand- Augustus Gregoire and Val Felix, among others.
- DNO Correspondent
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