Former West Indies cricket captain Richie Richardson told
a Toronto radio audience on Saturday night that he was saddened
and disappointed about the sponsorship row between
Digicel and Cable & Wireless, which is threatening the
future of West Indies cricket.
The interview was carried live on CHIN Radio 100.7 FM and
conducted by Trinidadian broadcaster Jai Ojah-Maharaj. Richardson
spoke from Orlando in Central Florida, where he and other
former regional cricket stars were due to play in a friendly
cricket tournament over the weekend.
Prompted for his view on the controversial sponsorship war,
Richardson said it was unfortunate for something like this
to happen to the WI team, especially when the team included
Brian Lara, a man who is probably the worlds best
The ex-Windies captain said he felt such a sensitive issue
should have been thoroughly pursued by the WICB to avoid
the current impasse.
He said urgent and critical dialogue was needed to resolve
the situation and suggested that cricket was important not
only to the players and the Board, but indeed to the entire
Asked whether he would avail himself to offer advice in
the currently impasse, Richardson said he was already in
touch with West Indies Players Association president Dinanath
He noted that it was important to get all sides of the issue
for an amicable solution.
Pressed to compare the current issue to his playing days,
Richardson said: When I played, Clive Lloyd was skipper
and we had people like Joel Garner, Jeff Dujon and Viv Richards.
We were beating everyone at that time; we were invincible
and filled cricket grounds around the world.
He pointed out that the economics of that era and todays
would be considerably different.
The former top West Indies batsman ended by saying the West
Indies Cricket Board has always adopted a closed shop
approach, which never allowed people to be aware of the
kinds of revenue the sport generates.
of this, there has always been contention among the players,
for better conditions.
were striving back then for better conditions and financial
arrangements, and it is good to see that WIPA is now seeking
to ensure better wages for the guys, ended Richardson.