GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) — The West Indies Cricket Board on Saturday honoured former president Sir Julian Hunte for his contribution to the game across the region.
Sir Julian served as president from 2007 to 2013 and also served as a director of the International Cricket Council.
The function, which was hosted by the WICB and attended by several local and regional dignitaries as well as West Indies cricket legends, was held at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Sir Julian was hailed as a "St Lucian hero" and also praised for his calm guidance and leadership during a challenging period in West Indies cricket. The 74-year-old, who is a former St Lucia foreign minister, said his greatest joy was being on hand to see the West Indies team win the ICC World T20 trophy in Sri Lanka in October, 2012.
"I have a love for cricket -- cricket at all levels from the grassroots level to the international level. I have a special love for West Indies cricket and I am happy to make a contribution to the game at all levels," Sir Julian told the audience.
"I served because of the love of the game and I was happy to contribute in any capacity, in any way I can.
"One of my greatest privileges was to be there on that night when the West Indies team won the ICC World T20 tournament. The outpouring of emotions and the celebrations we saw filled my heart with great joy. It was a wonderful triumph and a true outpouring of West Indian joy."
Sir Julian was presented with two special awards by Dave Cameron, president of the WICB, and Clive Lloyd, the most successful captain in the history of West Indies cricket and who now serves as convenor of selectors.
"His service to cricket in St Lucia and in leading the growth and transformation of cricket in the Windward Islands is legendary. At the regional level he has given yeoman and dedicated service to the West Indies cricket board for 33 years, seven of which were as president of the WICB," Cameron said.
"His unwavering commitment to the development and advancement of the game is known and recognised throughout the length and breadth of West Indies cricket. His legacy is one of selfless dedication to West Indies cricket being the force it ought to be on the world stage."
Cameron added: "We take this occasion to salute and honour Sir Julian for his untiring and unrelenting services to our regional sport."
Also in attendance were legends Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Richie Richardson and Courtney Walsh, as well as veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Test captain Denesh Ramdin.
Acting Prime Minister of St Lucia, Philip J Pierre, along with Sports Minister Shaun Edwards, were also in attendance.