Cricket

Windies trio set to be knighted

2014-02-26 20:16
Curtly Ambrose (Getty Images)
Cape Town -  According to reports, the West Indian trio of Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Richie Richardson have been selected for knighthood.

According to espncricinfo's website, the three former cricketers are set to be knighted during the lunch break of the first ODI between England and West Indies in Antigua.

Various dignitaries are expected to be in attendance, which will see the number of former knighted West Indies cricketers rise to 11, the most number of ex-cricketers outside of England to have been awarded knighthood.

The other eight to achieve this feat are Learie Constantine, Wesley Hall, Conrad Hunte, Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell.

Roberts represented the West Indies from 1974 to 1983 and was part of the fearsome attack also comprising of Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft.

He took 202 Test wickets at an average of 25.61 in 47 Tests, with 87 wickets at an average of 20.35 in ODI's.

Ambrose, claimed 405 Test wickets during his career between 1988 and 2000 at an average of 20.99 from his 98 Tests alongside 225 scalps in ODIs.

Richardson captained the West Indies in 24 of his 86 Tests, scoring 5 949 runs, which included 16 centuries.

There have been two former South African cricketers to have achieved knighthood; Murray Bisset and William Milton.

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