Sir Vivian Richards Statement Comments:
World famous former Windies cricketer, Sir Vivian Isaac Alexander Richards, has added his voice to the intensifying debate, leading up to the elections for the top positions in the West Indies Cricket Board’s hierarchy.
Sir Vivian, has in effect endorsed the challenge been given by Messrs. Richard Skerritt and Dr. Kishore Shallow.
His video recorded statement included the following points:
• “This is an excellent opportunity for me to have an input as a past West Indies captain and also from the representation that Leewards would have given to West Indies cricket.
• Players from the Leewards would have made a healthy contribution to the development of West Indies Cricket.
• If we are now looking to make a choice for a new president I also believe we have people in that particular department in Mr. Ricky Skerritt who could bring some respectability back to the particular position.
• Why I am saying this is because we as past players who would have put our bodies on the line, we would have certainly represented West Indies 100% even more (and) it’s a great opportunity for us to show that we are not insular.
• I hear people speaking about us being insular at times, this is a great opportunity to show that we are not in terms of the transparency with regards to West Indies cricket and its leadership.
• I honestly believe the time is right now for someone like Mr. Skerritt, who I think is well respected in that particular fraternity to help make a difference in the future.
• We as past players who would have put our bodies and souls (on the line) and represented West Indies with so much passion.
• If we speak to the legends who would have had a huge impact in making West Indies cricket become such a huge brand. We did not too this to make West Indies cricket at present a ATM machine. I don’t think so.
• I know many don’t stand for that, so let’s show some clarity on where we believe West Indies cricket can go.
• We should not lose this opportunity in trying to get Mr. Skerritt (elected) or giving him the opportunity to lead. I believe he will do a magnificent job. ‘