PRESS RELEASE PNCR STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE PASSING OF DESMOND “WATTO” WATKINS People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Tuesday, February 14, 2006




The PNCR joins the rest of the Nation and more particularly all cricket loving Guyanese in mourning the passing of Desmond “Watto” Watkins. Even though the Party was aware that he was stricken by a terminal illness, his death nevertheless came as a shock. It is even harder to believe that “Watto” has played his last innings.

In his 71 years, as a result of his modesty, honesty and integrity he came to win the hearts and minds of most of his fellow Guyanese. Desmond Watkins was one of the most recognizable, respected and admired men in our society. This respect and admiration resulted from the deep knowledge and love that he had for cricket, his encyclopedic recall of events in test and regional matches and his ability to describe the great innings that he had seen. Many Guyanese, the expert as well as the amateur, benefited from speaking to “Watto” about cricket generally and in particular about its development and evolution in Guyana.

Desmond Watkin’s love of cricket sharpened his ability to spot talented young players. As a Coach and unofficial ‘advisor’ at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), he helped to identify such players as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan as budding test cricketers. He not only coached and spotted talent but he also shared his knowledge of the game with the young cricketers. Desmond Watkins also brought a healing touch, and sometimes created a zone of comfort on many occasion in the dressing room for many a test and regional cricketer as he carried out the duties of his office as an attendant.

The PNCR extends sincere condolences to Desmond Watkin’s wife, children and other relatives.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006