Viv in demand Down Under

Just days after the Cricket Legends of Barbados beseeched the West Indies Cricket Board’s hierarchy for greater involvement of regional legends in the game, they could soon be getting their wish, but not exactly where they meant.

One of the region’s legends, Sir Vivian Richards, looks likely to be heading to Australia to join Australia’s legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne as the mentor of the Big Bash T20 League side, the Melbourne Stars.

Warne approached Richards and coaxed him into joining the MCG-based team’s support staff as he will be in Australia to commentate when the West Indies tour Down Under in January and February for a One Day International series.

A Melbourne Stars spokesperson said the deal could be a massive marketing and promotional coup.

“We’re in conversations with Viv and his management about him joining the Melbourne Stars team as a mentor. If we’re able to secure his services, he’d be an absolute asset for our team,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The Antiguan great, 60, thrilled Australian audiences through the 1970s and 1980s as a lynchpin of the all-conquering world champion West Indies team. He scored 8,450 Test runs in a glittering career from 1974 to 1991.

Richards would add to an already big-name Melbourne Stars staff, with Ian Chappell on board as selection chairman.

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