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Sir Richie Opens Up About Near Career-Ending Diagnosis

Tuesday 21 April 2020


From West Indes newspaper The Antigua Observer:


Sir Richie Richardson
Sir Richie Richardson

Sir Richie Opens Up About Near Career-Ending Diagnosis

By Neto Baptiste
April 18, 2020
© 2020 Newsco Inc. All rights reserved.

Former West Indies captain and feared batsman Sir Richie Richardson, for the first time in over 10 years, opened up publicly about a diagnosis that had threatened to permanently end his career in 1994.

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show Sir Richie, one of four knighted cricketers here in Antigua, remembered when he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in July that year, forcing him to end a two- year contract with Yorkshire midway through the 1994 season, and his absence from the West Indies tours of India late in the year, and then in New Zealand, when Courtney Walsh adequately filled in as caretaker.

“Physically I was fine, I was fit, I was training hard, I wasn’t feeling any pain and it was just a weird feeling where I would feel very tired and mentally drained. When I wanted to sleep I couldn’t sleep and then when I should be up I was feeling like I wanted to go to sleep,” he said.

“Many times on the field of play I just couldn’t concentrate because I was so mentally tired, and when it got bad was when I was batting and I was feeling that way, then I knew something was wrong and seriously wrong, so I saw doctors wherever I went. I first saw a doctor in Australia, saw a doctor in South Africa, saw a doctor in Trinidad and nobody knew exactly what it was,” he added.


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