SA legend Barlow forced to sell farm
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Barlow, 60, was director of cricket development in Bangladesh when he suffered the stroke, forcing him to return to his farm near the town of Robertson. "I'm really not happy about leaving the country, but there does not seem to be any other choice," Barlow told the Afrikaans daily 'Beeld' from his home. He said he and his wife Cally, a British citizen, would join her mother in Wales, because she also needed support from them. Barlow said he hoped to become involved in developmental cricket in Wales in some way. Cally Barlow said her husband's health was improving by the day, but he would never fully recover from the stroke. "Although he is walking better, he has not recovered the full use of his left arm yet," she said. "People think that if you can't jump around, you are incapable of doing anything. There is actually nothing wrong with Eddie's cricket brain," she added. She said that the Welsh cricket development authority have indicated their willingness to use her husband's experience. "What a difference! South African cricket does not want to know about him. "I recently read in Peter Pollock's book "Thirty Tests", 'Eddie Barlow changed the face of South African cricket and taught us how to win.' It's a pity they can't do something for him after all that he has done for them," she said.