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Barry Richards, Joel Garner among guests expected for second annual Cricket Legends Weekend in Broward

Former South African cricket player Barry Richards, right, attends an international cricket development seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, May 9, 2004.
Former South African cricket player Barry Richards, right, attends an international cricket development seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, May 9, 2004. AP

The second annual Cricket Legends Weekend — scheduled for March 4-6, 2016 at two locations in Broward County — will again bring some of the top names in the sport to South Florida.

But this time it won’t be only West Indies legends.

Among the luminaries who have committed to attend is Barry Richards, the former South Africa star batsman. Richards, now 70, was one of the best cricketers of his era, but his career was overshadowed and hampered by his country’s ban from international cricket because of Apartheid.

Among the West Indies legends slated to appear are former fast bowler Joel Garner, Gus Logie, Faoud Bacchus, Lance Gibbs, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Desmond Haynes.

The event is being spearheaded again by the Lawrence Rowe Foundation, a South Florida-based, non-profit organization that tutors and provides scholarships to at-risk children. The foundation also assists former players who are struggling. Rowe, a former West Indies player himself, has been a South Florida resident for more than 25 years.

The event will commence with a meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. Friday (March 4) at the Marriott North, 6650 N. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. The following evening, there will be a banquet at 7 p.m. at the Marrriott, and the weekend will conclude with two exhibition matches (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.

Last year’s inaugural Legends Weekend featured Sir Garfield Sobers, Brian Lara, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Andy Roberts, Alvin Kallicharran, Gordon Greenidge and Deryck Murray, among others.

General admission for the exhibition matches is $15 ($20 after Dec. 31). There is also a $65 VIP package ($75 after Dec. 31) that will include access to the legends, plus complimentary food and beverages.

Out-of-town visitors can book at the Marriott for a lower rate when they mention they are attending the event. More information is available at www.lawrencerowe.org or by calling 1-888-615-0181 or 1-877-940-3376.

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