THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board yesterday led the local cricket fraternity in mourning the loss of Sheldon Gomes, the former outstanding national cricketer who passed away after ailing for some time on Tuesday in the United States.
Yesterday, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Azim Bassarath extended his condolences on behalf of the TTCB, and Cricket West Indies on the passing of Gomes whom he described as a gifted cricketer whose exploits especially in the field added an exciting dimension to the game.
“You were always sure that something could happen when Sheldon Games was prowling in the covers or fielding close up to the batsman as he possessed the safest pair of hands, and a quick turn of foot that left no ball struck by the batsman unchallenged within range,” said Bassarath.
As a batsman, Bassarath said Gomes was solid and workman-like who kept the scoreboard ticking while he was at the crease. Off the field, Bassarath said that Sheldon was quite amiable and easy-going and will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and cricket fans who will remember him for the excitement he added to the game whenever we walked out on the field.
Among his peers in his first class career from 1969 to 1983 were many other standout cricketers of the era including Bernard Julien, Rangy Nanan (deceased), Kenrick Bainey, Dudnath Ramkessoon, Imtiaz Ali, Raphick Jumadeen, Prince Bartholomew (deceased), and Inshan Ali (deceased).