Fabulous Five Made It All Happen At Floyd Bennett Field
By Orin Davidson
The fans cannot stop talking about it, the West Indies players
are still full of praises and everyone who attended last week’s
promotion of the biggest weekend in New York’s cricket
will never forget it.
Yes, the staging of the Caribbean All Stars versus United
States All Stars series last Saturday and Sunday was a grand
affair that lived up to all expectations and silenced every
doubter out there.
Yet none of it would’ve been possible without the Fabulous
Five who successfully promoted the event against serious odds.
Yes, Roy Sweeney, Peter Jolly, Richie Bierson, Vish Lekhram
and Earl ‘Junior’ Lyn were the ones who pulled
off the great event last weekend at Floyd Bennett Park.
They did what was previously thought off as impossible. They
brought Brian Lara who set four batting world records and
currently holds three, to New York, leading a near full strength
West Indies team, representing themselves as the Caribbean
All Stars, for the very first time.
With his career winding down, Lara, considered one of the
best players ever to hold a cricket bat, is in heavy demand
presently. But his busy schedule did not prevent the Fabulous
Five from having him play two days in succession here in what
could be our last chance to have the batting genius perform.
For those who do not know better, the Fab Five transformed
the Floyd Bennett Field from a virtual pasture into playing
standard, which might not compare to Lords, Melbourne or Calcutta,
but good enough not to have elicited any complaints from the
West Indies stars.
Floyd Bennett field has the size, location and potential to
become the premier cricket venue for all of America.
But it’s a pity the many restrictions that go with a
Federal controlled property, might not make that a reality.
Nevetheless the Fab Five has the tenacity to transform the
impossible into the possible, so the future of Floyd Bennett
must not be dismissed.
Last weekend’s promotion was also good enough to attract
New York City’s biggest newspapers. The fact that the
Times, Daily News, Post and Newsday covered the games says
a lot about the high level organization that went into everything.
That fans were allowed to enjoy the games without having to
worry about lugging food from home, because everything was
provided within the facility which mirrored the staging of
big time professional games at Yankee Stadium, Shea. Madison
Square Garden or Flushing Meadows.
From all indications, mainstream America is also catching
on to cricket if one is to judge from the favorable responses
to the event from some city businesses.
And it goes without saying the games gave the World Cup 2007
organizers a huge advertisement in the run-up to next year’s
extravaganza in the West Indies.
So many more fans have now developed a deeper yearning for
the game, by the time the World Cup bowls off in March, a
lot more New Yorkers will be jetting off to the islands and
But without the Fab Five, this growing cricket fever would’ve
never been created.
Thus, the sport is indebted to these five gentlemen for a
long time to come.
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