St Moritz, Sunday 20th November 2016
Ex-England international Jack Richards will attend the 2017 Cricket on Ice Trophy (23-25 February 2017).
Jack Richards, an ex-professional international and all-round cricketer, was best known for his efforts behind the stumps for England and Surrey.
Jack will play for St Moritz Cricket Club and hold a Q&A session at the tournament gala dinner on Saturday 25th February.
Jack Richards was a neat and efficient wicket-keeper, taller than most at 5' 11", whose excellent footwork and agility' allied to his effective middle-order batting, made him a genuine England contender. His first tour for England was to India and Sri Lanka as Bob Taylor's understudy in 1981-82, and in 1986, when topping 1000 runs in the summer, he played two ODIs against New Zealand. That winter he was picked to tour Australia as Bruce French's deputy, but pressed into action at Brisbane in an England side bereft of runs, he did enough to secure his place (despite a duck in his only innings). The tour was a success, with England winning the Ashes under Mike Gatting, and Richards to the fore. In his second Test, at Perth, he hammered 133 in exactly four hours, and ended the series with 264 runs at 37.71. But his form tailed off at the end of that tour, and although he played in the ODIs against Pakistan at the start of 1987, he lost his Test place to French, keeping at Leeds, where he made 6 and 2, when French was struck down with chicken pox. He toured New Zealand that winter and made two more appearances the following summer against West Indies but mustering only 13 runs in four innings. After a record-breaking benefit at Surrey Richards retired in 1988 at the age of 30.
Richards was born in Cornwall, learning his cricket at Penzance. He now lives in Belgium with his Dutch wife, running a successful business in neighbouring Holland.
Source: ESPN Cricinfo