ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Former West Indies captain, Sir Richie Richardson, hopes that young Antigua & Barbuda, having witnessed himself and two other former international Antiguan cricketers knighted last Friday, will seek to emulate the achievements of all former greats.
Sir Richie was knighted alongside former fast bowlers Sir Andy Roberts and Sir Curtly Ambrose during the first One Day International between England and West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
“Hopefully, it’s an inspiration for a lot of our young people, not just to become cricketers or sports persons, but just to aspire to be the best they can be so that they can be recognised, not only by the country, but by people internationally and that’s what life is all about,” he said.
“It’s not just about living simply. It’s about working hard and devoting yourself to whatever you do and to become great.”
The former batsman, who captained West Indies in 24 Tests between 1991 when he took over from Sir Viv Richards and 1995, said he has been approached by a number of young players since Friday’s ceremony.
“(Sunday), two young guys stopped me and asked me for my autograph and they said they want to become cricketers and one of them said, ‘I want to be like you one day’ and as a matter of a fact, he said he would see me soon, meaning that he is going to make the West Indies team,” Sir Richie said.
“I was really inspired by that and that’s what it is all about. Things like that really makes me feel good because I see myself as an example for young people.”
West Indies won Friday’s match by 15 runs but lost by three wickets on Sunday. The third and final ODI will be played on Wednesday at the same venue.