West Indies news January 16, 2011

Richie Richardson appointed team manager

ESPNcricinfo staff

Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, has been appointed as manager of the West Indies team for a period of two years beginning immediately in preparation for the ODIs in Sri Lanka and the World Cup in February.

"I feel tremendously honoured to be once again asked to serve West Indies cricket. I believe that it is critical for me to lend support to the efforts to re-develop the sport in the region," Richardson said. "As a former player and captain I gave my all for West Indies cricket on the field. We are at the cusp of a new era and it is now time for me to contribute off the field and aid in the building and resurgence of West Indies cricket."

Richardson played 86 Tests and 224 one-day internationals and has been involved in sport tourism ventures in Antigua and Barbuda and the United Kingdom since his retirement in 1996.

"Richie brings immense value to the team management unit," WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire said. "He is a legendary former West Indian batsman and captain but he also brings professional business expertise and this provides an ideal fit as we continue to enhance our professional capacity in all areas of West Indies cricket."

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  • bernard on January 19, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Another great move by the WICB in appointing former captain and cricketing legend Richie Richardson to the position of general manager.The immediateness of the appointment is a sign that the WICB can move with swiftness on issues that are important to the further development of West Indies cricket.I firmly believe that former cricketers can make a significant contribution, to the development of cricket in the region, after their playing days are over.Joel Garner and David Williams serve admirable in the position prior to Richardson's appointment,and we thank them dearly.However, we shouldn't cast them aside and forget them. They can still help in the development of cricket in the WI.Place them in positions throughout the region to help implement programs at the grassroots level so that cricket can continue to progress and develop.I would like for the WICB to put some immediacy into announcing the squad to tour Sri Lanka and Worldcup.WHY WE CAN'T WAIT.GOODLUCK RICHIE!!!!!!!

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