Sir Hilary welcomes Ambrose to CCC
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – UWI Cave Hill Campus Principal, Sir Hilary Beckles has hailed the addition of fast bowling legend Curtly Ambrose to the coaching staff at Combined Campuses and Colleges, as a huge fillip for cricket development in the region.
Sir Hilary, the driving force behind the CCC, told a media conference here Wednesday that Ambrose embodied all the qualities that had made West Indies cricket great, and said his presence would be critical in helping to re-establish these values.
“In cricket you have to fix the problem off the field. You have to fix the problem at the level of the mind and this why we have asked Mr Ambrose to come here,” Sir Hilary said.
“Ambrose embodies West Indies cricket is first, commitment, dedication, you die for West Indies cricket if you have to, you give your heart and soul for West Indies cricket, nothing comes before West Indies cricket.
“That is a historic investment. That is also why Mr Ambrose is here, to help us inculcate in young cricketers that mentality.”
Ambrose, who joined CCC as a fast bowling consultant earlier this week, will bring the experience of 98 Tests in which he snared 405 wickets, in a glittering career. He also suited up for 176 One-Day Internationals and took 225 wickets at an average of 24.12 each.
He was famous for his accuracy, steep bounce and sharp movement, and for his unforgiving line and length which gave batsmen no end of horrors.
Sir Hilary, also a West Indies Cricket Board director, said he expected Ambrose to have a big impact on the CCC programme.
“Curtly Ambrose is undoubtedly one of the greatest bowlers the world has ever seen. He is an icon of international cricket and we at the CCC are delighted to have him on our team,” Sir Hilary said.
“He will be with the CCC team for the duration of the Regional 4 Day tournament and we know he will do a superb job with the talented players we have here. The same excellence which Ambrose demonstrated to the world when he played, we know he will bring that excellence to the CCC.”
CCC made a slow start to their Regional 4 Day first-class campaign last weekend, going down inside three days to Trinidad and Tobago by 172 runs. They face Leewards Islands in the second round match from Friday. First ball is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).