Sir Vivian Richards honoured with statue

Trinidad Express article.

St John's, Antigua - Sir Vivian Richards, the Antigua & Barbuda, Leeward Islands and West Indies legend, was honoured on Wednesday night with a statue of himself at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, North Sound, Antigua.

The statue of Sir Viv was unveiled following a ceremony attended by several members of his family as well as cricketing greats Sir Wes Hall, Sir Ian Botham, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Richie Richardson.

The monument of Sir Viv raising his bat stands outside the entrance to the main pavilion.

Speaking to WICB media, Richards was a happy man.

“It is a great feeling. I am rather privileged to be in this position and especially  with what is gonna happen on Friday,” he said, referring to fellow West Indian greats, Richardson and Ambrose being knighted.

“These are guys I would have played with, and to see all this stuff happening and unfold amongst us in our time, I am very grateful to be in this position and see what is happening to them as well. I am over the moon for what would have happened to them and the way their careers would have gone on also.”

Richards said he liked the statue.

“It looks pretty good. It is not often you see impressions that you think looks real.

“Whenever you get an opportunity to see your family,” he continued, “and especially those who have been living far away, it is always a momentous occasion.”

Asked if he had any words of advice for the Windies team ahead of the England series, Richards said: “Every time I have always wished the team the very best. We didn’t have too good a tour in New Zealand. Let’s hope we can find a niche. I think Caribbean people are quite hungry  for a successful team and we are gonna hope they would find that niche and that they may deliver.”

First Published In he Trinidad Express.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 23:54