Sir Viv backs cricket spread

DUBAI − Legendary former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has thrown his support behind the expansion of cricket to non-traditional nations.

The 64-year-old, one of the architects of West Indies cricket supremacy during the late 1970s and 80s, said many Asians and West Indians were now residing in countries like the United States that did not have a rich cricket legacy and it was therefore important that the game was pushed into such markets. “The influence of Asians, like Indians and Pakistanis, is huge in cricket. Despite leaving their country, they want to be part of cricket,” said Sir Viv, currently in Dubai working as an TV media analyst for the ongoing West Indies-Pakistan series. “So folks from these countries who live in this part of the world have brought cricket culture here and in the process cricket has spread its wings.” (CMC)

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