Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sobers made his first-class debut for the Barbados cricket team at the age of 16 in 1953, and his Test debut for the West Indies the following year.Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order.
The inability to reach a united position on HS2 has cost South Yorkshire and that row in turn laid the foundations for the collapse of the devolution deal.
It means that South Yorkshire – an area listed in recent years as the fifth poorest in the whole of Northern Europe – will currently miss out on both a £900m package of devolved powers over transport, planning and skills, supposed to bring thousands of new jobs to the region, and a HS2 station to call its own.
HS2 boss Sir David Higgins subsequently revealed flooding problems meant a new station in the city centre was simply not viable without “massive expenditure”; prompting questions as to how realistic the idea ever truly was.
Even worse for the rest of the region, the revised HS2 route passing through the Rotherham and Doncaster areas runs directly through previously-unaffected homes, businesses, farmland and even a new housing estate – while those areas get none of the benefit of a local station.
For the political leaders now pursuing the One Yorkshire option, the lessons are clear; reaching agreements and compromises that suit multiple councils will rarely be easy – but the alternative is much worse.
Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, AO, OCC (born 28 July 1936), also known as Gary or Garry Sobers, is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 19, and is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder.To add insult to injury, a £1m mayoral election that was planned as a key part of the devolution process is, farcically, still scheduled to take place next year to elect a politician with no powers.How this painful situation has come to pass deserves scrutiny and can be traced back to the row over the idea of a new HS2 station at Meadowhall.Sheffield Council complaining of broken trust, and suggesting issues of this importance should be decided on the basis of regional rather than local interest, does not tally with how it acted in the battle over where the area’s high-speed station should be located.The HS2 fight also perhaps provides an explanation as to why Doncaster and Barnsley’s leaders thought they would be better off rolling the dice on being part of ‘One Yorkshire’ instead of being tied to their near neighbours for the next three decades.Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03.