Jamaica officials revoke naming of Lawrence Rowe enclosure

Earlier, Lawrence Rowe said in a radio interview that he had done nothing wrong by going to apartheid South Africa in 1983 and 1984 Getty Images

Kingston (Jamaica): Oct 7, 2011

Jamaican cricket officials have revoked the naming of the players’ enclosure at Sabina Park after former Jamaica captain and West Indies batsman Lawrence Rowe.

The decision comes barely three months after naming the players’ enclosure in the northern stand after the batting star.

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) said it has withdrawn the honour following Rowe’s comment in a radio interview that he had done nothing wrong by going to apartheid South Africa in 1983 and 1984.

“Going by what he said, it is clear that he showed no remorse,” JCA president Lyndel Wright told the Jamaica Observer.

“The people of Jamaica have been hurt and, as a national sporting body, we have been embarrassed by his statements.”

“While it was a hot issue in the media, we didn’t want to rush to a decision, so it took us some time to deliberate and take a considered decison.”

The JCA named the enclosure after Rowe in the face of vitriolic criticism.

Rowe led two rebel tours to apartheid-ruled South Africa in contravention of an international ban on sporting activity with that country.

The ban was lifted in 1989 with the release from prison of Nelson Mandela, and a rapid movement to dismantle apartheid system.

But emotions still run deep in Jamaica about the players that took part in the rebel tours to South Africa.

Rowe maintained he did nothing wrong and going to South Africa may have contributed to the dismantling of apartheid. (IANS)