MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC – Legendary West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards believes he can make a difference at Melbourne Stars after being named as mentor for the Twenty20 Big Bash outfit yesterday.
The 60-year-old will join the side’s support staff ahead of the new Big Bash season which bowls off December 7 and runs until January 19.
“You hear some say a blast from the past. Why not add some of that blast from the past to what we have at present?” Sir Viv told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“If we have individuals who are receptive enough … I think I can help in that category. To be given an opportunity to come back to the scene of the crime, I’m very excited about that.”
He continued: “Im going to be around. I’m not one of these individuals who’s going to be here basically for my looks. It’s all about helping some of these young individuals.”
Sir Viv, who never lost a series during his time as West Indies captain, brings an outstanding resume to his new role.
He plundered 8450 runs from 121 Tests in a career spanning 1974 to 1991, carving out 24 centuries.
Sir Vivian also slammed 6721 runs in 187 One-Day Internationals and was part of the West Indies side that won both the 1975 and 1979 World Cups in England.
Stars’ chairman of selectors Ian Chappell, a contemporary of Sir Viv during his playing days, welcomed the Antiguan’s presence at the club.
“Shane Warne (captain) was very keen to get Viv involved with the Stars in a mentoring role,” he said.
“As a player Viv set himself high standards with former Pakistan captain Imran Khan describing him as ‘a batsman who intimidated bowlers.’ He was also one of the best all-round fieldsmen I’ve seen – brilliant in any position from cover to slips and even at bat pad.”
He added: “We feel Viv will provide another expert opinion for the players to seek out, complementing what is already a strong support staff. This is a huge coup for the team.”