Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – Consul General of Jamaica in New York, Dr. Basil K. Bryan, will be inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame at this year’s induction ceremony which is schedule for Saturday, September 22, at the Marriott Hotel, downtown Hartford., Connecticut.
A staunch supporter of the sport and the Cricket Hall of Fame, Dr. Bryan teamed up with the institution shortly after his appointment to the post of Consul General in New York, at a Humanitarian Award function, held in Windsor, Connecticut, in which funds were raised for his pet project the Boys’ Town institution of West Kingston, Jamaica.
The Cricket Hall of Fame later responded to an appeal which the Consul General made during a visit to Hartford, Connecticut, for surgical gloves for care-givers working with HIV/AIDS children in Jamaica, by raising some 400,000 pairs of the gloves.
According to Michael Chambers, Director of the Cricket Hall of Fame, Dr. Bryan has been a stalwart in projecting a positive image of Jamaica overseas and he will be sorely missed.
Dr. Bryan who was appointed Consul General in l998, is leaving the Foreign Service at the end of the year.
International inductees who will join Dr. Bryan at the ceremony are former Pakistan all-rounder Mushtaq Mohammed and former Indian opener Chetan Chauhan.
Mushtaq, one of Pakistan’s famous five, may not have been as gifted as his elder brother Hanif, but he went on to score more first-class centuries and take more wickets with his wrist-spin than any of his older siblings. Mushtaq also held the record of being the youngest centurion in Test cricket before Mohammad Ashraful broke it.
Chauhan, the former opening partner of Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar, was described as one of the most courageous opening batsman in Indian cricket. With 10 century partnerships, the pair is the most successful Indian opening pair.
Local inductees include Kuldeap Krish Prasad and Hammy Reid of New York and Isaac Pennycooke of Montreal Canada.
Located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, the Cricket Hall of Fame which was established in 1981, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help with the development and growth of the game in the United States. Each year, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals both cricketers and non-cricketers, local and international, who have made outstanding contributions to the sport and their community.
Last year the institution celebrated its 25th Anniversary at a gala event in which eight new members were inducted.