Former captain Clive Lloyd speaks out October 20, 2007

Lloyd denies comments on Windies managing director

Cricinfo staff



Clive Lloyd: "At no time did I discuss the question of a managing director for the West Indies cricket team" © Getty Images

Clive Lloyd has denied that he ever discussed the feasibility of a managing director for the West Indies team in an interview with Stabroek News.

The article quoted Lloyd as saying: "Politics-wise, that might be a little difficult," before adding, "Probably they [West Indies board] might come to that if they could find somebody that could carry those duties." Lloyd, though, denied making those statements, and instead lashed out at Orin Davidson, the journalist who had conducted the interview.

"I am surprised that a journalist of Mr. Davidson's experience and competence should have attributed to me words which I never uttered during the interview he had with me in New York," he said in a statement. "At no time did I discuss with him the question of a managing director for the West Indies cricket team. It was in an attempt to avoid any such misunderstanding that I had requested my sister to ask Mr Davidson to let me have a look at the article before it was published. Unfortunately, Mr. Davidson thought that this was not necessary."

The journalist, though, maintained that Lloyd's comments were in the context of West Indies cricket having one individual in charge of all decision making. A note by the sports editor said: "Mr Davidson says although he might not have used the words managing director, Mr Lloyd was asked his opinion of West Indies cricket having a sole individual making all the cricketing decisions."

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