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WI legend Viv Richards says he is ashamed

Richards' name is associated with the unfit ground. |February 14, 2009, 8:05 AM IST
WI legend Viv Richards says he is ashamed

Antigua: West Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards said he was ashamed to have his name associated with the stadium that saw the second Test between West Indies and England abandoned on Friday because of an unfit ground.

The game was abandoned only after 10 balls as England reached 7-0 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua when match officials elected to call play off for the day because the sandy, beach-like bowler's run-ups were dangerous.

Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor both looked angry as they struggled to gather any momentum in their run-ups.

"I am ashamed to have my name associated with this," Richards stormed while commentating for BBC Radio. "The members and officials of the Antiguan Cricket Association should hang their heads in shame.

"For these people to tell everyone that the ground was ready is a huge lie. They have been telling little porky pies. You can make excuses for certain people at times but with so many experts around there can be no excuse.

"The reputation of Antigua and Barbuda is in these people's hands. There are a lot of guys in the background who should have known better, that this ground wasn't ready.

"This is not a little festival match, this is a Test match. We have been given the responsibility to put on a Test match and we have let people down. It's an embarrassment," commented the legend.

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