Former Windies batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, one of the greatest batsmen ever, is to be honored with tax exemptions, a monthly pension and other benefits by the government of Antigua and Barbuda.
Richards, who turne 66 on March 7, played 121 Tests for the West Indies between November 1974 and August 1991 and scored 8540 runs at an average of 50.23. He scored 24 centuries and 45 half centuries in his brilliant Test career.
He was knighted on February 28, 2014, and now the government is planning to do more.
“The promise to treat this living National Heroes with a high degree of respect is fulfilled. Sir Vivian Richards will also remain an Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda” Chief of Staff Lionel Max Hurst was quoted as saying.
Sir Vivian will now be paid a monthly pension that’s equal to the amount now paid to Ministers of State within the Antigua and Barbuda Government. He will also be exempt from duties and other charges on the importation of personal items.
The “Master Blaster” will also not be required to pay property taxes on the house he owns and will be allowed a duty-free car every seven years. If needed, he will be provided a driver and a house keeper to be paid by the Treasury.