The main players pavilion at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium was last week Wednesday named in honour of Devon Smith, in recognition for his many contributions to the game of Cricket.
The recognition came about three (3) weeks after Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell announced this during his address at the Military Parade and Rally on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the country’s Independence on February 7 at the Kirani James Athletic and Football Stadium.
Smith, who hails from Hermitage in St. Patrick, is considered the most prolific batsman in the West Indies first-class championship history with a commendable 37 first class centuries.
The left-handed opener, who has been a stalwart in the game for the island and the Windward Islands Volcanoes for close to two (2) decades, was present for the official unveiling during the interval between innings in the fourth (4th) One-day International between West Indies and England on the stadium grounds at Queen’s Park, St. George’s.
The brief ceremony also recognised former Volcanoes and West Indies wicket keeper/batsman Junior Murray and the former Volcanoes captain and West Indies leg-spinning all-rounder, Rawl Lewis, who is now the Operations Manager of the WINDIES team.
“We stand here today to recognise the contribution of other Grenadian cricketers – such as Junior Murray and Rawl Lewis and now Devon Smith,” said Prime Minister Mitchell, who cut short his attendance at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of government meeting in St. Kitts to fly back home specifically for the momentous occasion.
Dr. Mitchell told the gathering: “All three (Smith, Murray and Lewis) are outstanding sons of this proud nation and have made a great contribution to the game in this beautiful country of ours”.
PM Mitchell also lamented the lack of proper recognition for former cricketers regionally and urged Caribbean countries to “do better.”
Stands in the Queen’s Park cricket stadium have already been named after Junior Murray and Rawl Lewis in honour of their contribution to cricket on the island.