|Cover of Tony Cozier’s 1978 book: The West Indies: Fifty years of Test Cricket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Anthony “Tony” Cozier (born 10 July 1940 in Bridgetown, Barbados) has been a cricket writer and commentator for West Indian cricket since 1958.
Cozier is widely renowned for his extensive knowledge of cricket facts and statistics dating back to the 1950s.
Cozier is the son of Barbados journalist Jimmy Cozier (who was the managing editor for the St Lucia Voice and founder of the Barbados Daily News) and he studied journalism at Carleton University, Ottawa.
Cozier played hockey as a goalkeeper for Barbados and cricket as a batsman and wicket-keeper for two local Barbados clubs.
Cozier’s first Test Match commentary on radio was on West Indies v Australia in 1965. Cozier is a member of the BBC’s Test Match Specialcommentary team. He has also commentated for Channel Nine in Australia, and is a member of the Sky Sports West Indian Cricket commentary team.
Cozier wrote the definitive The West Indies: 50 Years of Test Cricket (published 1978) with a foreword by Garfield Sobers. He was editor of The West Indies Cricket Annual for all its 22 editions.
As a tribute to his contributions to cricket, the press box at the Kensington Oval has been named after him.
In December 2011, he was awarded honorary life membership of the MCC for his contribution to cricket.