Chairman hopes for reconciliation September 29, 2006

Holding has a role to play in West Indies cricket - Lloyd



'We have been team-mates, friends and colleagues for over 30 years and we have never mistrusted each other' Lloyd says of Holding © Getty Images

In the aftermath of Michael Holding's resignation from the Clive Lloyd-chaired West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Cricket Committee and a subsequent disagreement between the two West Indies cricket greats, Lloyd said he believed there was still a role for Holding to play.

"Contrary to what some people seem to think, I have no problems with Michael Holding," Lloyd said in a statement.

"We have been team-mates, friends and colleagues for over 30 years and we have never mistrusted each other."

Lloyd does not wish to be embroiled in confrontation or to be dragged into a debate that does not help but only hinders the progress of West Indies cricket.

The controversy stemmed from Holding and Ken Gordon, the WICB president, seemingly disagreeing on their interpretation of events that eventually led to the cancellation of the US$5 million match between a Stanford Super Star squad and South Africa because of a clash of dates.

"I know that Mr Gordon is anxious to put this matter to rest as it is an unwarranted distraction from his efforts to place West Indies cricket on a financially stable and sustainable basis," Lloyd said. "At this point, I see nothing to be gained by continuing this matter. I believe we should now focus on what each of us can do individually to take West Indies cricket forward.

"I believe, also, that Michael still has a role to play in our cricket. In fact, when we are seen by international audiences in our roles as commentators, analysts and match referees, we add a dimension of credibility to our undoubted talent."

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