Ambrose celebrates 50th birthday

West Indies’ Curtly Ambrose poses for photographers after being inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at the LG ICC Awards 2011, London, Monday Sept. 12, 2011.
AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, file
AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, file

Former West Indies cricketers have lauded their colleague Curtly Ambrose on his 50th birthday.

The former Antiguan, Leeward Islands and West Indies pacer recently celebrated his half century on Saturday, Sept. 21 and former captain Sir Vivian Richards, former pacers Courtney Walsh, Kenneth Benjamin and Winston Benjamin all appeared on a local radio program alongside Ambrose, as they spoke of the player’s cricketing achievements while congratulating him on reaching this milestone.

Sir Viv, who captained Ambrose from 1988 to 1991, said the determined bowler put a lot of work into his game, calling him a “dream to captain.” “He is one of those individuals who spent time on the field. You look at modern day fast bowlers, they play two matches and miss six, and things like that cannot keep a steady routine,” said Sir Viv during a program on Observer Radio.

Walsh, who doubled with Ambrose to become the most dangerous pair in both Test and One-Day Internationals between 1988 and 2000, said they created a bond that even today, remains unbroken.

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