A who’s who of West Indies cricket greats will be in South Florida in January for a friendly match and charity banquet.
Former West Indies cricket star Lawrence Rowe – a South Florida resident for 30 years – is one of the organizers of the event, which will feature legends such as Brian Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, Gordon Greenidge and Courtney Walsh.
The event kicks off with a “Dinner with the Legends” banquet on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Margate. The following day, a 30-over friendly match will be played at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill featuring a Legends team against a Cavaliers XI comprising of local players.
Lara, who retired in 2007 as the all-time leading run-scorer in West Indies cricket history, will captain the Legends. Other former West Indies players expected to participate include Collis King, Faoud Bacchus, Gus Logie, Nixon McClean, Wavell Hinds, Mervyn Dillon and Daren Ganga.
Some of the older legends such as Sobers, 78, Lloyd, 70, and Gibbs, 80, won’t play but will be available for photos and autographs.
“This is a perfect opportunity for people who followed West Indies cricket but never got a chance to meet some of these legends,” Rowe said. “We don’t know how long a lot of these guys will be around.”
Central Broward Regional Park has the only cricket field in the U.S. that has been approved by the International Cricket Council. Several matches have been held at the park since it opened in 2007, including 20/20 matches between West Indies and New Zealand two years ago.
Some proceeds from the weekend will assist former West Indies cricket players who are struggling physically or financially.