Sir Vivian Richards, one of the greatest cricketers of all time, has joined the Cricket West Indies Ambassadors programme ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.
The former Windies captain and two-time World Cup winner joins a list of Windies stars who have been named ambassadors for the Windies Women for the ICC Women’s World Cup set for November 9 and 24.
He joins Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sir Andy Roberts and Daren Sammy who have named ambassadors for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
“I am truly honoured to be an Ambassador and play my part in supporting the women’s game,” said the 66-year-old Antiguan.
“This is a huge event to have come to our shores. I am doing this on behalf of Antigua & Barbuda and Cricket West Indies and all the stakeholders involved in women’s cricket. I am humbled to have the semis and final played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground as well – a symbol that we can host and deliver a major international event on the world stage.”
Richards said he was looking forward to seeing the Windies Women play from the moment he heard about the Windies hosting the first-time standalone tournament and wanted to be a part of it.
“I really like the way our West Indies team is looking. We have the power of Deandra Dottin, the class of Hayley Matthews and the great batting and captaincy of Stafanie Taylor, along with some other excellent players. I believe they can win it again for us. They are a really good, professional group of players and they look fit and focused. Our girls are on top of their game and doing great things,” Richards said.
“I am hoping the fans come out in their numbers in all three venues and support this tournament. My message is ‘this is going to be big. It is going to be great’. If you look at the way the game is going and growing, you can see there is progress. People are keen to see how the game has developed, so now is the time to get on board and support. I will do everything I can to make this a success.”
Richards was a tremendously successful captain and player for the Windies.
He was a member of the squads which won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975 and 1979. He was captain of the West Indies between 1985 and 1991 during which time he did not lose a Test series.
He played 121 Test matches and scored 8,540 runs, including 24 centuries, with a top score of 291 against England. He also played 187 One-Day Internationals and scored 6,721 runs, including a best of 189 not out against England. Overall in his first-class career, he made 507 appearances, hit 36,212 runs, including 114 centuries.
The Windies are the defending champions, having won the last edition in India in April 2016. The Australians have won the tournament three times while England and the Windies have won it once each. The hosts are placed in Group A along with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, while Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland are in Group B.