Former captain sheds light on the problems surrounding West Indies May 25, 2005

'We have to strengthen our domestic cricket,' says Lloyd

Cricinfo staff

Clive Lloyd: 'We need to be working towards some more A-team cricket' © Getty Images

Clive Lloyd, the former West Indian captain, has said that the domestic structure in the Caribbean needs drastic improvement if the team has to come out of its prolonged slump. West Indies extended their run of consecutive losses in one-dayers to nine after losing 3-0 to Pakistan.

"We need to be working towards some more A-team cricket and we have to strengthen our domestic cricket," Lloyd told the BBC World Service. "We need to get coaches who have a good track record into our game and [who will be] singing from the same hymn sheet."

Lloyd also pointed to the absence of West Indies players in county cricket as one of the problems that has led to the current state. "Maybe [the counties] don't think their [West Indies'] cricket is good enough," he said. "Something our players should think about is being a winner - then you win all round. When we were winning everyone wanted our players, now we are not winning anything, nobody wants our players.

"Winning, like losing, is contagious and nobody wants to be involved in West Indies' cricket if we're not winning," he continued. "When playing in different conditions against different types of bowlers, you learn to be more professional and have more discipline - that's what county cricket is all about."

West Indies were also subjected to their first whitewash in a one-day series at home when they lost 5-0 to South Africa, who also won the Tests 2-0. West Indies' next assignment is a two-Test series against Pakistan, the first of which will start in Barbados on May 26.