Cricket West Indies(CWI) paid tribute to famous sports broadcaster Anthony Harford, who passed away on Saturday. He was lovingly called “Tony” among the sports community.
Tony was the most loving and supportive pillar in uplifting sports at all levels. It is not yet known the reason behind his untimely death, but he was ailing for a very long time. He also had undergone bypass surgery, eyes operation, and dialysis for the past few years.
His death sent a shockwave among the sports community. Tony was a respected sportscaster and administrator.
He was also a sports broadcast anchor and voice behind many sports events.
He was a leading figure in promoting sports, including working with Trinidad and Tobago football team to the FIFA world cup 2006.
He managed and marketed for Shell Caribbean Cup, a football competition involving countries from all over the region.
Moreover, back in the 1990s, he worked for the West Indies Cricket Board of Control (WICBC) in marketing, promoting and sponsoring the West Indies team. He also used to go along with the players on Cricket tours.
Tony’s work in cricket also included uplifting cricket from the very grass root level and bringing up the development progress in all age group tournaments.
Meanwhile, CWI Vice President Kishore Shallow said, “Tony was a loving and loyal guardian for the West Indies and Trinidad cricket. His love for sports was selfless.”
“In 1990, he relocated the annual Windwards youth tournaments to Trinidad, where he found enough sponsors for keeping up tournaments alive at a time when the Windwards cricket board was financially strapped.”
Notably, Tony was the lead fundraiser for the first-ever West Indies U-17 tour to Australia and established Tennis-ball amateur tournaments for sports enthusiasts around the Caribbean.
Vice President Shallow further added, “On behalf of Directors and whole staff, I would like to pay condolences to the family, as well as a sporting fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.”