“The Tour Already Cost Me $15,000, Then I Had To Pay For Sobers’ Autograph”
Well, we have really gone out of our way to make our guests feel welcome, haven’t we?
This type of article is being printed around the world. Such short term thinking. The article could have said “What an honour it was to play cricket with Gary Sobers. It made the trip worthwhile despite everything.”
That’s what the newspaper articles should be saying.
Instead, this is the type of publicity that Barbados is reaping…
“It was a different kind of heartbreak to see the greatest of the greats, Sir Garry Sobers, at 73, and well looked after by life and his achievements, asking for 100 dollars for every picture his fans wanted to click with him,” complained Indian newspaper the Daily Pioneer.
“He should have been thanking his young disciples for having loved him so intensely even 34 years after he retired from a game that has never been slim on heroes.”
Fans said it was not the same on other islands.
“We had photographs with Sir Viv Richards in Antigua and he obliged everyone with autographs. It was only here in Barbados where we have had to pay,” said Kassim Solly.
“We even played beach cricket with some of them in Antigua.”
But Deighton Smith, chief executive of Cricket Legends of Barbados, justified the amounts being charged…
… read the entire article at Super Cricket New Zealand (link here)