The country’s four knighted cricketers, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Andy Roberts, have been tasked with
fine-tuning the Four Knights Cricket Academy concept as the government seeks to
partner with Cricket West Indies (CWI) in hopes the initiative will finally
This is according to Minister of Sports, Daryll Matthew, who revealed during an
interview with OBSERVER media that both the government and CWI are awaiting the
word from the cricketing greats.
“They have the greatest vested interest and I
know that Sir Richie has been doing some things and he tends to take the lead
on these matters, and so we await their response,” he said.
In a previous interview, Matthew said that CWI
had expressed interest in partnering with the Four Knights Cricket Academy and
that talks had already begun on the way forward.
Since then, Matthew said a number of proposals
have been put on the table
“About two months ago, we had a meeting at
CWI’s office with the four knights, myself, a representative of Cricket West
Indies, and some proposals were put on the plate. The four knights had a
slightly different view of how they want things to function and so we asked
them to make some recommendations … in a way that works for everyone,” he said.
Introduced following the 2014 general
election, the four knights initiative was conceptualised using four of the
country’s former international cricketers.
The academy, according to initial reports,
would first cater to the top young talents here in Antigua before branching out
to the region and then internationally.
The four knights are also expected to play a
pivotal role in the success of the academy, lending their expertise and
knowledge of the game.