To cricket lovers around the world Barry needs no introduction. The right-handed batsman, described as a “talent of such enormous stature”, is considered to be one of South Africa’s most successful cricketers. Although Barry was only able to play four tests before South Africa’s exclusion from the international scene in 1970, he forged his success as a prolific batsman playing cricket all over the world. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1969 and was the only South African to be included in Sir Donald Bradman’s team of the century. His career statistics make eye-catching reading – 28,358 first class runs, more than 80 centuries, some 8,506 one day runs with a further 16 centuries.
Following his retirement from first class cricket, Barry continued to be heavily involved in the sport as the CEO of Queensland Cricket for 10 years and as a member of the MCC World Cricket committee for seven years.
Barry said he was delighted to be invited to be an ambassador for the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival as it gives him a chance to share his love of a sport which has been a big part of his life with like-minded cricket lovers from all around the world. “It is also a wonderful chance to visit Christchurch and be part of a major sports event in what I know is a sports mad city.”
Golf will also be on Barry’s itinerary with confirmation he will be participating in the Golden Oldies Golf Festival. “I am excited at the prospect of playing golf on what I understand are four magnificent Christchurch golf courses and being back in New Zealand whose people are among the most friendly and welcoming it has been my pleasure to meet in all my travels.”
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Source = espncricinfo.com
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