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Three West Indies cricket legends are to be knighted during the first One Day International (ODI) between England and West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on Friday, according to media reports from Antigua.
Former fast bowlers Andy Roberts and Curtly Ambrose and former Windies captain and batsman Richie Richardson will be knighted, the Antigua Observer reported on Monday.
Organisers planning the event have been tight-lipped, but the Observer quoted sources as saying that the Antigua and Barbuda cricket greats will be knighted during the lunch break by Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Leader of the Opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP), Gaston Browne will also be in attendance.
Roberts, the first Antiguan to represent West Indies, made his debut against England in March 1974. He was part of the quartet of West Indian fast bowlers from the mid-seventies to the early eighties that had a devastating effect on opposition batsmen at both Test and One Day International levels. The other three were Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft.
Former West Indies captain and middle-order batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, arguably the finest batsman of his generation, was knighted by the Antiguan government in 1999.