Iconic names in Caribbean cricket Rohan Kanhai and Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira are to receive honorary Doctorates from the University of Guyana (UG) in Berbice later this month.
As part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations, the University of Guyana will be conferring on a number of Guyanese the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The university in a press release yesterday said that the awardees are Baroness Valerie Amos, actress CCH Pounder, cricketer Rohan Kanhai, Keith Waite, Bernadette Persaud, Frank Woon-A-Tai, Jeanette and the late Richard Allsopp, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, Abdool Sattaur Gafoor, and Kenneth Singh. Baroness Amos will address the graduation on November 10th at 10 am at the University’s 3rd graduation ceremony.
Kanhai, the 87-year-old former world batting star and West Indies captain and Perreira, 84, will receive their awards at the UG Tain Campus on November 18.
Kanhai, who was part of the West Indian team that won the inaugural 1975 Cricket World Cup, scored 6,227 runs in Test cricket at an average of 47.53, with his highest score of 256 coming against India in a Test at Calcutta.
Perreira has over 50 years of service to sports broadcasting. He was on commentary for 151 Test matches and was also a popular voice on radio with Boxing, Football, Hockey, Table Tennis, Basketball, Netball and Motor Racing.
Perreira, also a former President of the Guyana Football and Basketball Associations, moved to St Lucia to establish and head the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sports desk. He did the job for 12 years.