Goaland Greaves a faithful servant to Cricket in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Windward Islands and the wider Caribbean was on Tuesday, December 19, recognized for his yeoman service to the sport.
This recognition was conferred when the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) Inc staged its annual awards and gala dinner at the Spring Garden Resort.
Greaves, whose contribution is in the field of umpiring, started at the level of the West Indies Youth Tournament in 1988 and, in 1991 he made his debut in the Windward Islands senior tournament.
At the first- class level, between 1999 and 2012, Greaves officiated in 49 matches, 50 regional One Day matches and 19 regional T/20 matches.
Additionally, Greaves was the reserve umpire on four occasions in first class fixtures, eight times in regional One Day matches and another eight in regional T/20 matches.
Greaves was on the International Cricket Council’s list from 2009 to 2012, serving as fourth umpire several times.
As a television umpire, Greaves officiated in four regional One Day matches, eight regional T/20s as well as two tests at the Kensington Oval and Queen’s Park Oval, both in 2008.
In 2009, Greaves was the reserve umpire in test matches here in St Vincent and the Grenadines, at the Arnos Vale Playing Field and at Providence in Guyana.
Greaves has been the training officer for local umpires for the past 20 years. Significantly, in 2005, Greaves was instrumental in developing the constitution for the SVG Umpires Association and did similar work in the revision of the Windward Islands Umpires Association’s constitution in 2006.
Currently, Greaves is at the helm of the SVG Umpires Association, having served from 2019 to the present. He previously headed the organisation from 2013 to 2015.