Kingston: Former West Indies batsman Lawrence Rowe has sued Jamaica Cricket Association for removing his name from a pavilion at the Sabina Park.

The JCA unveiled the Lawrence Rowe Players' Pavilion in June in his honour, almost 30 years after he led two rebel tours of apartheid-ruled South Africa.

Last month, JCA revoked the naming of the pavilion mainly due to comments Rowe made in a radio interview that he had done nothing wrong by going to apartheid South Africa in 1983 and 1984.

JCA president Lyndel Wright said lawyers representing Rowe have issued the association a notification, stating that if the issues were not addressed they would take legal action.

"We received written notification from his lawyers. It is now a legal matter and we will engage our lawyers," Wright was quoted as saying by 'Jamaican Observer'.

Rowe represented the West Indies in 30 Test matches between 1972 and 1980 and averaged 43.55, scoring seven centuries and seven half-centuries. He made 214 and 100 not out in his Test debut against New Zealand at Sabina Park – a feat which remains a world record.

However, he disregarded an international restriction on sporting activity in apartheid-ruled South Africa and led two West Indies' rebel tours to that country in the early 1980s. He and others on those tours were banned from cricket. The suspensions were lifted in 1989.

Despite heavy criticism from some quarters, JCA went ahead in naming the pavilion, thinking that the former Jamaica captain would offer a public apology.

Rowe, in fact, issued a public apology after he was recognised by the JCA but later upset many when he argued in a radio interview that the rebel tours could well have contributed to the dismantling of the fascist regime.

JCA issued a statement revoking the honour and blasting the 62-year-old Rowe for his "regrettable pronouncements which suggest a lack of remorse".

(Agencies)