Richardson named Windies team boss

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St John''s (Antigua and Barbuda), Jan 16 (AFP) Former WestIndies captain Richie Richardson has been named as teammanager just five weeks before the start of the World Cup.

"I feel tremendously honoured to be once again asked toserve West Indies cricket. I believe that it is critical forme to lend support to the efforts to re-develop the sport inthe region," said 49-year-old Richardson who quit playing in1996.

"As a former player and captain I gave my all for WestIndies cricket on the field. We are at the cusp of a new eraand it is now time for me to contribute off the field and aidin the building and resurgence of West Indies cricket."

Richardson played 86 Tests and 224 ODIs, scoring a totalof 21 centuries and 71 fifties in his international career.

Richardson was yesterday appointed for a two-year termand will commence duties immediately in preparation for theWest Indies tour to Sri Lanka for three ODIs to be followed bythe World Cup campaign which starts in South Asia on February19. AFP SSC

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