Cricket West Indies (CWI) officially confirmed that Sri Vivian Richards, a renowned player for the West Indies, had been awarded the coveted Order of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
During his playing career, Richards was a top-notch batter. There has never been any discussion about his significance to the West Indies national cricket squad. He is broadly accepted as one of the best hitters to have ever existed. Richards’s contribution was pivotal to the West Indies during the 1970s and 1980s. It was incredibly difficult for bowlers to succeed against him, and many found it hard to hurl against him. In his prime, Vivian Richards was a powerful batsman.
Richards, a veteran of the West Indies teams that won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, was awarded the title on Sunday night at the 43rd Conference of Heads of Government in Suriname. The Republic of Suriname’s President, Chan Santokhi, delivered the speech.
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“On behalf of the Board of Directors of CWI and the entire West Indies Cricket community, I want to congratulate Sir Viv on this tremendous honor, which was conferred on him by CARICOM,” Skerritt said.
Vivian Richards positioned himself as one of the strongest cricketers, the CWI president remarked. He has 20 years of experience playing international cricket.
“It is a most fitting honor for a true hero of our region, a man who demonstrated to the world that Caribbean people are capable of punching above our weight by achieving excellence globally. Sir Viv took the baton from the pioneers of West Indies Cricket and established new levels of greatness and dominance for others to follow.”
“Sir Viv took the baton from the pioneers of West Indies Cricket and established new levels of greatness and dominance for others to follow. He used his God-given talents, his mental and physical readiness, and his cricket bat, to bring glory to West Indians all around the world”, the CWI President added.
Former captain Richards is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest batters in existence. Between 1974 and 1991, he featured for the West Indies in 187 One-Day Internationals and 121 Test matches. He scored 8540 runs overall, averaging 50.2 runs per game. Notably, he accumulated 6,721 runs in ODIs with 11 centuries, 24 centuries, and 45 fifties.
CARICOM identified three main other honorees at the event on Sunday. These include Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, a former Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dame Billie Miller, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, and legendary calypsonian David Rudder, who sang the West Indies Cricket Anthem, Rally Round the West Indies.