MCC has awarded cricket writer and commentator, Tony Cozier, Honorary Life Membership of the Club.
The invitation acknowledges his huge contribution to the game for over half a century.
In possession of the unmistakeable voice of West Indies cricket, Cozier first commentated in the Caribbean in 1965, during the home side's victorious Test series victory against Australia.
He made his BBC Test Match Special debut the following year at Headingley, has had multiple stints in the Sky Sports commentary team, and also worked for Australian television network Channel Nine for fourteen years.
Away from the microphone, Cozier has also been a prolific writer on the game in newspapers, magazines and books – in particular editing all 22 editions of the West Indies Cricket Annual between 1970 and 1991, and writing the widely acclaimed text “The West Indies: 50 Years of Test Cricket” in 1978.
He currently writes a column in the Trinidad and Tobago Express.
Cozier joins a select group of former players, umpires, administrators and journalists, who are already Life Members of the Club, including TMS colleague Christopher Martin-Jenkins, West Indies great Sir Vivian Richards, and most recently Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Cozier spoke of his delight at joining MCC.
He said: “Knowing the illustrious company I now join, I am truly flattered by the honour cricket’s foremost club has bestowed on me.
"My first Test match at Lord’s was the thrilling last over draw in 1963, after which there was an extended sequence of West Indies successes.
"That ended in 1995 and I now trust that previous service will be resumed on my first Test as an MCC member next May”.
President of MCC, Phillip Hodson, added: “It was a great honour for me, on behalf of the MCC Committee, to offer Honorary Life Membership to Tony Cozier in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the game over the last 50-years.
"To be at the top of your profession for this length of time is a remarkable achievement. MCC is delighted that Tony has joined the Club, and I very much look forward to welcoming him to Lord’s next summer.”
Honorary Life Membership is awarded by the MCC Committee to individuals in recognition of the service they have given to the game, often over a very long period. There are now more than 320 Honorary Life Members of MCC out of a total Full Membership of 18,000.