Antigua and Barbuda’s cricketing knights, tour of  the Greater Toronto Area Canada to promote cricket in Antigua and Barbuda

Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Anderson Roberts and Sir Richard Richardson at Toronto’s Albany Club on Saturday

West Indies cricketing giants and legends of the sport – Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Anderson Roberts, Sir Richard Richardson, and Sir Curtly Ambrose – are officially heading home after a landmark series of public appearances throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Their visit was orchestrated by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) and its local partners as part of the Cricket and Culture Tour which kicked off in the UK last month.

“There is no better time to come visit us in Antigua and Barbuda” said Tameka Wharton, ABTA Director of Tourism, Canada. “There is so much happening with cricket matches all summer long, romance month in June and Antigua Carnival in early August.

On top of that Canadians can get to Antigua and Barbuda so easily with direct flights on Air Canada and with WestJet adding a mid-week Wednesday flight in June in addition to its standard Sunday flight.”

The Knights’ visit came at an exciting time for the future of cricket in Canada, as a growing South Asian and Afro-Caribbean diaspora continues to bolster the sport into becoming the country’s fastest-growing sport.

Additionally, 2024 marks Canada’s first time to play in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with Antigua and Barbuda set to host eight exciting matches at its Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

 “Canada’s qualification for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is a monumental achievement for the country, and spells well for the future of cricket in Canada.” said Sir Vivian Richards.

From May 8 through May 12, the Knights maintained a robust itinerary that included several media interviews, broadcast appearances including Breakfast Television and a handful of headline events to celebrate cricket.

On Thursday, May 9, the Knights met with students, youth players, and staff at Dallington Public School and were also joined by Woodbine, and Don Valley school teams in North York, where they offered words of encouragement and some choice batting and bowling tips to the next generation of Canadian cricketers. 

“In Antigua and Barbuda, cricket is huge, and we have produced a number of great international players. We are thrilled to see more and more Canadians embracing the game as we have,” said Sir Curtly Ambrose.

On Friday, May 10, the Knights participated in the ICC T20 Trophy Tour and assembled for the high-profile “A Night with the Knights” at the Galaxy Grand Convention Centre in Brampton.

The food and entertainment inclusive event saw Sir “Richie” Richardson and Sir Curtly Ambrose take to the stage to perform as part of Antigua and Barbuda’s famed Spirited Band, energizing those in attendance with an eclectic setlist.

The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda partnered with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority to hold a Saturday, May 11 brunch in honour of the Cricket Legends’ visit at Toronto’s storied Albany Club.

The Knights had an opportunity to also meet, congratulate and offer some tips to The Canadian Men’s National Team in attendance who will participate in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup this year. 

Tameka Wharton added “these Antigua and Barbuda events exemplify the true meaning of our tagline: “The beach is just the beginning….”

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