Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 23rd 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 23, 2015
BRIDGETOWN---West Indies cricket leg-
end Sir Vivian Richards on Sunday
recalled the epic day 40 years ago when
he was a member of the great West
Indies team which won the first ever
Cricket World Cup staged in England.
The Caribbean side, led by now chair-
man of selectors, Clive Lloyd, trounced
Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lords,
held on June 21, 1975.
Sir Viv played a key role in the match
with three run outs while Lloyd hit a
sparking century to win the Man of the
Match award. He later lifted the cup in
front of adoring fans, in a historic moment
for the Caribbean.
"Hearing the guys speak about it today
I said wow Viv ... you've come a long
way ... 40 years ago, already. I'm 63 now
and to be here alive to celebrate that par-
ticular precious moment in West Indies
history fills me with great joy," Sir Viv
"To be on that team with the magnif-
icent players we had is something special
and truly significant in my life and my
"I can remember that day like it was
yesterday. That was one of the greatest
days of my cricket life. It was so great to
play so hard and so well and win the
World Cup for the West Indies. That was
a great team with some really great men
in the side and we were all so delighted
to win that day."
Sir Viv was speaking as the special
guest player at the West Indies Retired
Players Foundation's inaugural Golf Day
at the Sandy Lane Country Club, over-
looking Barbados' scenic west coast.
The event was jointly hosted by the
West Indies Cricket Board and the West
Indies Players Association and also sup-
ported by the Caribbean Premier League
and sponsors, Digicel.
Sir Viv said even though he failed with
the bat in the historic final, he recalled
the three runs outs -- two of which
accounted for the dangerous Chappell
brothers Ian and Greg -- as being crucial
to the outcome as Australia were dismissed
for 274 in pursuit of 291.
"Back then I was the kind of player
who was known for my batting but I
didn't really feature with the bat that well.
But I knew I had to do something special
in the field and those three run outs helped
us to get over the line," Sir Viv recalled.
"I wanted to do something for the team
in the field. I just happened to knock
down a few stumps. And I was happy to
play a part in helping us to accomplish
what was an historic and magnificent
victory for West Indies."
He added: "The nicest thing about it
was the celebration to see the hundreds,
even thousands of West Indian people
enjoying the moment and relishing the
opportunity to join us. Those are the
things you remember."
West Indies also went on to win the
next Cricket World Cup in 1979.
Sir Viv was one of several former stars
playing in Sunday's golfing extravaganza
with former West Indies players Desmond
Haynes, Jeff Dujon, Sir Richie Richardson,
Phil Simmons, and Ian Bishop, also hitting
The list of players also included modern
day stars Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka
and Daniel Vettori of New Zealand, as
well as officials of the International Cricket
Council and several regional sporting and
Speaking on the golf event, Sir Viv
noted: "This is a magnificent initiative
and I am really happy to be here in Bar-
bados to share in this occasion and to
support the work of the West Indies
Retired Players Foundation.
"It is important that we look after each
other and lend a helping hand to our
brotherman in any way we can. This golf
event, at such a prestigious facility such
as Sandy Lane, signals the start of a good
thing as we make sure the players who
represented the West Indies can be looked
after in a positive way." (CMC)
Sir Viv Richards, right, being interview by Barry Wilkinson at the start of the CPL
T20 in Barbados on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY CPLT20
Set a daunting 180 runs for victory
against the St. Zouks in their opening
match of the 2015 Hero Caribbean Pre-
mier League T20 tournament, T&T Red
Steel reached 10 without loss after five
balls when the rain came down to wash
out the match.
The ground staff worked feverishly on
trying to get the game restarted but
umpires Joel Wilson and Patrick Gustard
in collaboration with match referee Hay-
den Bruce decided that the venue was
not fit enough to resume.
Wilson said the venue did not drain
well. "The outfield was too wet for play
to start back and although we all wanted
to give the fans action, we were left with
If the game had re-started at 7.55pm
when the final inspection came, the target
for T&T Red Steel would have been 57
off five overs, so they would have needed
a further 47 off 4.1 overs.
Manager of the T&T Red Steel, Colin
Borde said his team was always in the
game despite chasing a huge score. "Given
the nature of that pitch, I think that we
would have gotten the target. The pitch
was very good for batting as the Zouks
showed and we have the batting strength
to chase down scores."
Borde said he was also looking for a
reduced chase because the fans came out
to support the cricket and his team want-
ed to please them. "Even if we had to
choose the revised 57 runs off five overs,
I think we would have won that easily,
given the fact that we had all ten wickets
in the hut.
"We wanted to get back on the park
for the sake of the fans but at the end
of the day when conditions are not fit
you can't have players out there playing
and getting injured.
"We have had a run out, we as well as
the Zouks would have learnt from the
exercise and we know what we have to
tweak moving forward."
Red Steel left St. Lucia at 10am yesterday
(Monday) for Barbados where they will
meet the red hot Barbados Tridents in
their second match of the tournament
on Thursday night. The Tridents, the
defending champions turned away 2014
runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors by
49 runs in their first game on Saturday
night at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The Red Steel will took yesterday off
before hitting the nets today and tomor-
row, ahead of their 6pm clash on Thurs-
Visa blues leaves T&T
Under-23s in shambles
T&T Under-23 Olympic football team coach Zoran
Vranes will face a mad rush to have a full squad of
players to choose room after half of his rearranged squad
was delayed at home due to US Visa issues.
The T&T squad is expected to meet Suriname in its
opening match of the four-team group in San Juan, Puerto
Rico tomorrow with the host coming up against S Vincent
and The Grenadines in the other match.
But even before Serbian-born Vranes and his squad
left for Puerto Rico, the team which goes into the tour-
nament with no international warm-up matches under
its belt was rocked by the news that a number of key
players who were named in the original squad had visa
problems and passport issues.
Among those yet to arrive in Puerto Rico were the
quartet of Alvin Jones (W Connection), Shannon Gomez
(W Connection), Jomal Williams (W Connection) and
Kadeem Corbin, all of whom have don the national senior
team colours already.
The others without US visas include Jibiri McDavid,
Maurice Ford, Dario Holmes, Triston Hodge and Gomez,
forward Shackiel Henry and goalkeeper Javon Sample
while W Connection striker Neil Benjamin was also ruled
out due to injury.
Due to the problems, coach Vranes, manager David
Muhammed, trainer Gilber Bateau as well as physiother-
apist Michael Taylor and equipment manager Esmond
O'Brien left here on the weekend with a hastily arranged
batch of players, some of whom were previously dropped
from the team, while others were selected because they
Contacted yesterday, Peter Rampersad an administrative
official at the T&T Football Association had appointments
for the remaining players at the US Embassy on Marli
Street, Port-of-Spain and from all reports, only one mem-
ber of the batch was not granted his visas.
The players who had appointments yesterday included
Aaron Enill (San Juan Jabloteh), Jones (W Connection),
Jesus Perez (North East Stars), Josiah Trimmingham (San
Juan Jabloteh), Williams, Aikim Andrews (W Connection),
Corbin and forward: Dwight Quintero along with goal-
keeper coach Nigel Neverson.
T&T is also scheduled to play St Vincent/Grenadines
on Friday and Puerto Rico two days later at the end of
which the winners of the four CFU groups will advance
to the semi-final round in August from which the two
finalists will advance to the CONCACAF Final Olympic
qualifying phase in the USA.
ICC Annual Conference
BRIDGETOWN---The installment of a new president is
one of the items on the agenda for the International
Cricket Council s annual conference which got underway
Bangladeshi Mustafa Kamal controversially quit the
post during the recent ICC Cricket World Cup, after
launching a broadside against the World governing body.
Media reports indicate that Najam Sethi, the head of
the Pakistan Cricket Board's executive committee, is likely
to fill the vacant post.
Sethi was already expected to take over from Kamal
on July 1.
The other items on the agenda include discussion on
ICC Associate membership application from Serbia, a
report from the chairman of the Anti-Corruption and
Security Unit, receiving recommendations on cricket and
development matters from recent committee meetings
and looking at the ICC strategy post-2015.
The hosting of the Conference marks the first time the
meetings will be taking place in the Caribbean, and del-
egates from over 50 ICC members expected to attend,
making it the largest-ever gathering of cricket admin-
istrators in the Americas region to date.
Several high level meetings will be held during the con-
ference with the ICC Chief Executives' Committee sitting
down on Monday and Tuesday and the Finance and Com-
mercial Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday.
Sir Viv relives World
Red Steel manager: We would have won
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