25 West Indies Cricket Legends
By Orville Hall
The West Indies legends will descend on South Florida this weekend to take part in the Lawrence Rowe Legendary Foundation banquet and cricket game. The game will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale. The 30-Over game gets underway at 3:00PM on Sunday, and will continue under the flood lights.
Prior to the start of the game, the legends will meet some of the youngsters from the area, and will have a chat with them on the field. Those in attendance will get a chance to see several stars on display. Former West Indies star batsman, Brian Lara will captain the legends’ team. Other members of the team will include the fearsome former West Indies opening pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes along with Ramnaresh Sarwan, Daren Powell, Wavell Hinds, Daren Ganga, Merv Dillon, Larry Gomes, Collis King, Carlisle Best, Nixon McLean, Ricardo Powell, Leon Garrick, Alvin Kallicharran, Faoud Bacchus and many more.
The team will be managed by former West Indies off-spinner, Albert Padmore. Some of the legends from the sixties and seventies will also be on hand to mingle with patrons, that list includes: Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Andy Roberts, Lawrence Rowe, Lance Gibbs, Colin Croft and many more. The US Cavaliers team will be led by USA National captain, Steve Massiah, and will include promising young wicketkeeper/batsman, Akeem Dodson, talented young fast bowler, Adrian Gordon and the experienced Guyana and USA all-rounder, Derrick Kallicharran. Both Dodson and Gordon had limited stints playing in the English conditions.
Before the game gets underway on Sunday, the attention will be on the legends’ banquet on Saturday night at South Florida Conference Center, 6101 NW 31st. Street in Margate, Florida, and former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies wicketkeeper, Deryck Murray will be the keynote speaker.