I have been properly taken to task this week, and I can understand why.

What about WG Grace?

He is one of our own.

Was he not the best all-round cricketer the world has seen?

Why all this fuss about Gary Sobers?

My critics certainly have a point.

The cricketing merits are of course open to argument.

But there is no doubt that the burly bearded William Gilbert Grace was a colossus in Victorian England.

Yes, he is one of our own, being involved with the birth of our county cricket club, playing with distinction and being an early captain.

You may not know this when visiting HQ at Bristol.

Unless you journey into the depths of the pavilion and encounter the well-appointed Grace Room there is minimal evidence of the existence of the great man.

At Kensington Oval in Barbados a fine statue of Gary Sobers graces the entrance.

Straight away you know who is the favourite son of West Indies cricket.

Now at last someone is doing something to put matters right.

The cricket club’s president, Marie Journeaux has been to work.

The help of Adam Chadwick, curator of the MCC museum has been sought and it is envisaged that the handsome bust of WG which stands in the Lord’s Museum is to be re-cast and positioned at the Bristol County Ground.

A plinth will be created suitable for an outside display.

All those who have contributed £50 or more will have their names on the plinth.

The approximate cost will be £15,000.

The measurements will be height 27” width 25” and depth 17”.

It will be a handsome and much needed addition to the Bristol County Ground.

There is a blue plaque to Wally Hammond on the former Cirencester Grammar School building and of course the fine museum at Bristol, so perhaps there is forward movement towards recognition of our heroes.

We have had plenty of star players, but not too many fine teams.

Perhaps the bust of WG will provide inspiration, cheques payable to GCCC Heritage Trust can be gift aided.