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The monument is situated on Sir Vivian Richards Street
Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) president Zorol Barthley has announced that he is absolutely fuming after the monument of legendary West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards was vandalised.
Barthley slammed the vandalism as “disgraceful” and “offensive” and added that it was a slap in the face to West Indies cricket and to the country’s national pride.
The monument, which is situated on Sir Vivian Richards Street, was erected not far from the house where Richards was born and brought up.
“Our society is very wanting in that regard and it is shameful, disgraceful that someone would damage things that display our history, accomplishments and positive contributions to Antigua & Barbuda, the region and the world,” Barthley said. “Sir Viv is an internationally known legend.”
A sign, which says “removed for repairs due to vandalism”, has now replaced the monument.
While Barthley is not calling on the people of Antigua to “worship” Richards, he believes that they should at least show some sort of respect to one of their living legends.
“It’s a shame we’d have to resort to doing that,” he said.