The Knighthood bestowed on former Barbados and West Indies legend, Charlie Griffith, is richly deserving, says Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Stephen Lashley.
Sir Charles, who will celebrate his 79th birthday later this month, was one of three Barbadians receiving the honour on Independence Day, with former Government minister Warwick Franklin and media businessman Anthony Bryan, also knighted for their outstanding contribution to Barbadian society.
“Griffith has joined an esteemed group of Knights who have been honoured by respective governments of Barbados for their outstanding cricketing performances and I think his elevation to knighthood is very deserved,” Lashley told Barbados Today.
“Sir Charles has been a phenomenal cricketer over the years and his records speak for itself. The fact that the Government of Barbados has honoured this outstanding sports person is also an indication that good work, particularly in the area of sports as he has done, has not gone unnoticed.
“He continues to be a tremendous supporter of West Indies and Barbados cricket, and of course always visibly present at any cricket event at Kensington Oval, particularly when Barbados or West Indies teams are involved.”
Sir Charles established himself as a tearaway fast bowler in 28 Tests for West Indies between 1960 and 1969, grabbing 94 wickets at an average of 28.
He also took 332 wickets in 96 first class matches, in an illustrious career for Barbados.
Following his career, Sir Charles became a prominent businessman as one of the principals of a successful lumber and hardware business.
Lashley said the honour for Sir Charles should serve as added motivation to Barbadian sports persons to do well, knowing that their achievements would also be recognised.
“I hope this signals government’s commitment to recognizing outstanding sports persons and this is something the government will continue to do,” Lashley said.
“This is something that other players who are involved in cricket can aspire towards knowing that outstanding sports performances will be recognized.”