Sir Curtly: ‘Cricket was not my first love’

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Given the choice, former West Indies fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose, said he would not have chosen cricket as a career.

The Antiguan, who was knighted alongside fellow nationals and former team-mates, Sir Andy Roberts and Sir Richie Richardson last Friday, said there are a few other sports he favoured over cricket.

“I was never a cricket lover and I have said that from ever since. I have always preferred basketball or football (soccer), but I got into cricket; and because I’m a very proud man, anything I would do, I want to be the best at it,” he said.

“So even though I didn’t like cricket, once I played, I gave 100 per cent and I just want to win because I like winning. But if I had to do it tomorrow again I would say the same thing, I still don’t like cricket.”

Ambrose, who made his Test debut in April 1988, said last Thursday’s knighting was a fitting honour bestowed on all three former players.

“It tells me that my work over so many years has been appreciated and I am just going to enjoy the moment. Tomorrow is another day and I’m back to being Curtly Ambrose or Ambi, but it’s a just reward in my opinion for services to your country,” the former pacer said.

West Indies will take on England in the third and final ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds tomorrow. The series is currently tied at 1-1.

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