“Bigger and better”, that’s the word and a promise from legendary West Indies cricketer Lawrence ‘Yagga’ Rowe, as he announced plans for the staging of the second annual Cricket Legends Weekend, again set for the Central Broward Regional Park (CBRP), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 4-6, 2016.
Speaking at a press reception last week, at the CBRP stadium, the only cricket-specific facility in the USA, on Wednesday, November 18, Rowe, the original Windies ‘master blaster’, said that the three days, three event weekend format will be kept but with some modifications, geared toward increasing fan support, especially at the main event, the exhibition match with the past greats of the game, on Sunday, March 6.
In a pleasant display of passion and confidence, the kind that carried him to the pinnacle of the sport, many moons ago, ‘Yagga’ Rowe told the audience of media practitioners and key stakeholders that the foundation he started in 2011, will extend a helping hand to legends of the sport across the Caribbean region while helping to preserve the heritage and culture of the sport .
Noting the unfortunate circumstances of the late Richard Austin, he however declined to name the beneficiary of this year’s event. Fast bowler Patrick ‘Patto’ Patterson was the 2016 beneficiary.
Where as the 2015 event showcased the best of the Caribbean, the 2016 star-studded event will feature such legends as; Barry Richards (South Africa), Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar (India), Clive Lloyd (Guyana), Michael ‘Hurrican’ Holding (Jamaica), Joel Garner (Barbados), Gus Logie (Trinidad & Tobago), Faoud Bacchus/Lance Gibbs/Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana) and Desmond Haynes (Barbados).
Amid the cheers, Rowe, who will likely don his white flannels this time, also announced that on the 2016 short list of invitees are; Carl Hoper, Colin Croft, Courtney ‘Cuddie’ Walsh, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jeffrey Dujon. There was no mention of centurian Brian Lara, who scored a century to ‘immortalize’ the first staging of the event.
The 2016 event will feature two matches, the first with a celebrity flavor and the second with the legends facing a Select XI.
There will be a general admission to the grounds with ‘early bird’ special, starting at $15. Children 12 years and under will be admitted free. The VIP section will start at $65 and there will be a party stand, as well.
The full weekend includes a ‘meet n greet’ on Friday, March 4, and a celebrity dinner gala presented by El Dorado Rum, at the Marriott North Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 pm.
The second annual Cricket Legends Weekend is presented by Lawrence Rowe Foundation, in association with; Caribbean Airlines, Lotus Insurance & Travel Service, Dale’s Wheels and Tires, D’Marck Financial Group, GraceKennedy Group, Carl’s Seafood Restaurant and Caribbean Ocean Logistics.
By Aubrey Campbell