ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Seventeen national cricketers who have represented West Indies over the past 40 years will be highlighted during the first of three One Day International matches at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
This is according to Events Co-ordinator Brenda Lee Browne who said that on February 28, the day of the first ODI against England, visitors and nationals alike would have an opportunity to see all 17 of these players together for the first time.
“We are going to have 17 of them parading during the lunch break around the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds so we need all of Antigua’s cricket fans and lovers to come out and support our guys,” Lee Browne said.
“It’s also the 40th anniversary of the debut by Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts and we’ve had 17 in the last 40 years – we haven’t even counted the Leewards – from Antigua in the last 40 years that have represented us on the West Indies.”
The 17 players are Andy Roberts, Sir Vivian Richards, Eldine Baptiste, Richie Richardson, Winston Benjamin, Curtly Ambrose, Kenny Benjamin, Hamish Anthony, Ridley Jacobs, Sylvester Joseph and Kerry Jeremy.
The other players are Austin Richards Jr, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Anthony Martin, Dave Joseph and Dominican-born Adam Sanford.
WICB Corporate Communications Manager Imran Khan reminded that special ticketing privileges are available to both the elderly and very young.
“Persons who are over 70 can go up to the ticket office with an ID and collect a ticket that they don’t have to pay for. It’s a free ticket. We are just asking those persons when they come to the matches just to walk with their identification because they will need to do an ID check at the gate when they come in with that free ticket to ensure that it is the same person. Tickets are $40 for unreserved, $55 for reserved,” he said.
Khan added that children under the age of 12 would get a free ticket when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Patrons, however, are reminded to enquire about the under-12s’ ticket when making a purchase at any of the outlets.
Fans can also win tickets for the upcoming matches by simply applying a bumper sticker.
“There is a roving photographer around Antigua and he will take the photographs of cars and vehicles with that bumper-sticker. If we take your photograph and select it then automatically you win tickets and I will send you (Good Morning JoJo) the car numbers on Friday for it to be announced here and on Thursday next week as well,” he said.
West Indies will host England for three ODIs on February 28, March 2 and March 5.