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“I Couldn’t Sit Back And Do Nothing”: Sir Viv Used His Bat To Inspire Others In The Fight Against Racism

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By Neto Baptiste (Antigua Observer) Despite having scored a whopping 8,540 runs with a highest of 291 in 121 Tests, and another 6,721 in 187 ODI matches, legendary batsman and former West Indies captain, Sir Viv Richards, said the real satisfaction came from seeing the pride and joy instilled in every single Black fan in and around the stadium, and by extension the world, every time his team would triumph.

Sir Viv, whose stance against racism was magnified when he and others turned down blank-cheque offers to play for a rebel West Indies squad in South Africa during the apartheid era in 1983, and again in 1984, saw his ability with the bat as an opportunity to stand up for his race, his brothers who could not stand for themselves.

“I am there, I’ve got a platform, and there are times you see things that are not right and I can’t sit back and allow it, and especially when, most times when you’re giving your inspirational stuff like just before the team talk and all of that, my first thing would always be to remember the people we are representing. This is just not for us here [playing], but about the people we are representing and what it does,” he said.

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