Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts says the government of Antigua and Barbuda made a mistake when it bought the Sticky Wicket Ground formerly owned by convicted Ameri can fraudster Allen Standford jointly with the West Indies Cricket (WICB).
Sir Andy thinks the government should have brought the ground solely and leased it to the WICB while using it as a major tool to develop the game in Antigua and Barbuda.
“That would have been the best place to house the Four Knight Academy”, says Sir Andy.
The Four Knights Academy is named after after Sif Andy, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Richie Richardson, four eminent Antiguians who played for the West Indies.
“If the WICB wants to use the facilities, so be it, but I do not think they should have owned the place because we need it to develop our own players”, lamented Sir Andy.
” We have nowhere to develop our own players at the moment. You cannot overuse the Sir Vivian Richards Ground, where you have three practice pitches and cannot use them for more than a week, hence you need other areas with practice facilities”, he added
Recently, the government of Antigua and Barbuda announced it would underwrite 50 percent of the US$6 million purchase price of the ground.