Roberts collects five-year-old award

Antigua Observer article.

St John's, Antigua - Former national and West Indies cricketer, Andy Roberts, collected a five-year-old national award from Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack last Thursday.

The award, Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit (GCM), was bestowed upon the cricketer in 2008. Roberts, although he attended the ceremony held at Antigua Recreation Grounds at the time, did not venture to Government House to collect the award.

The Antiguan, who is up for a knighthood during the first ODI between England and West Indies on Friday, had reportedly agreed to first collect the outstanding accolade before the country’s second highest award could be bestowed on him.

Roberts was recommended for knighthood ahead of the 2013 Independence celebrations but was denied.

Reports are that some documents including a CV necessary to complete the application were not submitted by those who had recommended the former cricketer. The fact that Roberts had not collected his previous award also reportedly influenced the decision by the Independence award committee.

The cricketer’s pending knighthood will also commemorate 40 years since he made his Test debut for the West Indies back in 1974.

When contacted for comment, Roberts said he would speak on the knighthood at the appropriate time.

First Published In The Antigua Observer.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 04:12