It was a dream come true for Tyrone Green, captain of the Barbados Special Olympics cricket team, when he joined the West Indies and Australian cricket captains for the coin toss to start the final Digicel Home Series Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Through a special initiative by Digicel, the official sponsor of West Indies cricket, the 37-year-old Green joined West Indies captain, Chris Gayle, and Australian captain, Ricky Pointing, on the world-renowned Kensington Oval pitch for the toss, which was won by the regional team, who elected to send their opponents in to bat.
Green said afterwards, “It felt great to be on the field with the captains. I really enjoyed being a part of the Digicel Test and it was a real pleasure to meet Chris Gayle and Ricky Pointing and share the field with them.”
Green captained the Barbados team at the first regional Special Olympics tournament in Jamaica in 2004 and scored the only century in the tournament which led Barbados to gold. It was because of this success that Barbados was chosen to represent the Caribbean region in a demonstration of cricket in China.