ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – Several former West Indies players, including legendary captain Sir Vivian Richards, are expected to attend the funeral of Dominica’s former Test pacer Grayson Shillingford today.
Shillingford, who played seven Test matches for the West Indies between 1969 and 1972, lost his battle with cancer last week and will be laid to rest after a 09:00 h memorial service today at the Dublanc Catholic Church, the west coast village where he was born.
Sir Vivian Richards is one of several overseas dignitaries coming in to pay their last respects to Shillingford.
Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts as well the current manager of the Leeward Islands senior cricket team, Hugh Gore, are also arriving from Antigua.
Former West Indies wicketkeeper and selection chairman Michael Findlay, of St Vincent and the Grenadines, will also attend the funeral.
President of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) and former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) CEO Gregory Shillingford will join the mourners along with several prominent Dominicans, including Dominica Cricket Association (DCA) president and WICB director Emmanuel Nanthan.
Current WICB president Julian Hunte has indicated an interest in attending but his arrival has not yet been confirmed.
United States-based Dominican Maxford Zamore, a former Combined Islands teammate of Shillingford, will also make the trip to Dominica.