Mandela told me he was glad he hadn't toured apartheid in South Africa: Viv Richards

SYDNEY Viv Richards has revealed that the former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela I had thanked him for not going to the country as part of the infamous Antilles rebel tours between 1982 and 1984.

Richards said that he had met Mandela in Monaco as the former Antilles captain was one of the founding members of the Laureus Sport for Good, which was founded under Mandela's patronage.

We had our retreat at I think it was Monaco at the time and he (Mandela) came as the main guest. Nelson came over to meet everyone, Richards said in a podcast presented by the former Australian multiplayer. Shane watson .

He stopped right in front of me, shook my hand and said: Vivian, I want to let you know that we are extremely satisfied with the decision you made not to come to our country. Long before that he had made the decision. will not go South Africa during the apartheid regime, he said.

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Mandela also told him that he used to listen to the radio and follow matches between Antilles and England in the years he spent in jail and feel inspired.

Antilles teams led by Lawrence Rowe and with the former winner of the World Cup Colin Croft had toured South Africa when it was exiled from international cricket due to its Apartheid regime.

Former South Africa n Test batsman Ali Bacher , who had organised the tours, had been turned down by Richards with the latter saying that he had been given an open cheque to come to the country. Richards, like many of his teammates who were regulars in Antilles at the time, refused.

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