Sir Viv celebrates 60th birthday

Sir Viv celebrates 60th birthday
Cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards.
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) joined the rest of the Caribbean and the world in saluting West Indies legend and former captain, Sir Vivian Richards on the occasion of his 60th birthday recently.

WICB President Julian Hunte said Sir Viv epitomized the hopes and dreams of the Caribbean people during his illustrious career for West Indies.

“Sir Viv was a champion of the West Indian people, the West Indian way of life, and the West Indian struggle to be recognized as truly world class,” said Hunte.

“He was an incredible player and a true warrior, matching his awesome power with class, grace and an amazing swagger.

“The courage he displayed allowed him to be true to himself and to live by his convictions – to do it ‘my way’- making him into the unique player that he became,” he said.

Hunte thanked Sir Viv for his contribution to West Indies cricket and the upliftment of the game everywhere.

“On behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB, we are grateful for Sir Viv’s contribution over the years to the game in the region,” said Hunte.

“We are pleased to join with the rest of the World in wishing him heartfelt birthday greetings and long may his innings in life continue,” the WICB president said.

Sir Viv played 212 Tests and 187 One-day Internationals for West Indies between 1974 and l99l.

He was captain from l985 until his retirement, leading the regional side in 50 Tests and l05 ODIs.

Sir Viv had the distinction of never losing a Test series when he was West Indies captain.