February 13, 2009

England in West Indies 2008-09

The party that turned sour

Martin Williamson

By all accounts, Sir Viv Richards left the ground that bears his name angry and upset on a day that brought shame to his beloved island. "This shoots me straight through the heart," he said. "This is not shooting me in the foot. This is shooting me straight through the heart."

It should have been a memorable day for Richards and his former team-mates Andy Roberts and Michael Holding, as the three were meant to be presented with ICC Hall of Fame caps during the lunch interval, with a five-a-side match afterwards.

As it was, the day had ceased to have any sense of celebration long before then and embarrassed ICC officials, including chief executive Haroon Lorgat and media manager Jon Long, were forced to pack up their goodies and sneak them off to the Recreation Ground where they will all try again on Sunday.

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