West Indies news February 16, 2012

Clive Lloyd quits as WICB director

ESPNcricinfo staff

Clive Lloyd has resigned from his role as non-member director of the WICB, after being forced to take sides between the board and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) appointed by the Guyana government to run cricket in the country.

Lloyd is the head of the IMC, which was instituted after the Guyana government locked the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) out of its office premises, following the disputed Guyana board elections in July 2011. The IMC is not recognised by the WICB, which issued Lloyd an ultimatum asking him to choose between the two parties.

"As you are probably aware, I was recently appointed as special advisor on sports to the president of Guyana," Lloyd wrote in his resignation letter addressed to WICB president Julian Hunte. "At the end of last year I was asked by the Government of Guyana to come home and head up an Interim Management Committee on Cricket, as a result of deep-seated problems plaguing the GCB and a ruling from the chief justice.

"Given my standing in the international cricketing world I would have hoped that my decision to answer my country's [Guyana's] call would have signalled a message to you that all was not well with Guyana's cricket and therefore had your support and cooperation. However instead I have found myself caught between my loyalty to my country and loyalty to the WICB.

"After much deliberation, with a sad heart I had no other option but to tender my resignation as director of the board. I hope that my resignation would act as a catalyst for the members of the board to ask soul searching questions and take a hard look at what could be done differently to get our cricket back to the glory days."

Lloyd's letter also touched upon his concerns about the health of the game, in Guyana and in the Caribbean at large. "As one of the most successful West Indian captains in the history of our game, I have to say that I am very concerned not just about the state of cricket in my country but the state of West Indian cricket as a whole - the lack of accountability and consultation and limited discussion about the stagnant state of our cricket."

According to the Trinidad Express, Hunte has since written to Lloyd and accepted the resignation 'with regret'.

"You will recall that we did agree in August 2011 that the IMC would serve as an advisory body to assist the Guyana Cricket Board to reform and restructure," the Trinidad Express quoted from Hunte's letter. "Instead, the IMC has now taken over the functions of the Guyana Cricket Board and purports to act as the legitimate cricketing authority. Having done so and with you as chairman, you can appreciate as had been discussed with you, that it would be untenable that you continue as a director of the WICB."

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  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Listening to all this breakaway talk has become tiresome....We West Indians have always shown our ignorance in situations llike this and once again we have not dissapointed ourselves....I believe shooting your own foot and own goal are some of the description that can be said for this predicament... Clive Llyod should not have been placed in this predicament and how sad that one ofd our greatest ambassador has been treated like this .....I look at the strides that the Aussies are making and still we bicker.....Ah well I still have the memories of the good old days and long may it remain in me.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    This may well be the final unravelling of the West Indies cricket team. Guyana is the natural prospect to break away. It is, unlike the rest of the countries, a large nation on the mainland of South America. The others are islands. Guyana is also not a member of the University of the West Indies like all the other countries. Guyana has an ethnicity which is different from the rest of the Caribbean, with a majority of East Indians and a large population of indigenous Amerinds. Guyana has always been the odd man out in many ways. Next to go will be Trinidad, which is the only wealthy nation among the member, being oil rich. Trinidad can easily afford to create it's own cricket infrastructure. Jamaica and Barbados cannot. Without Guyana and Trinidad, the rest of the union could not survive. I could see in the future the possibility of people from the other islands going to play for Trinidad, in much the same way that baseball players from Dominican Republic go to the U.S. to play.

  • sachin on February 17, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    For 20+ years West Indies fans claim that was the darkest era in there cricket. But this previous administration is destroying any idea of West Indies cricket. True this current administration inherit a failing organization, but the manner in which the West Indies cricket board does business is similar to a dictatorship. They needed to fix there management system before they fix there cricket. Even in the 70's and 80's West Indies had little or no management system in place, 40 years pass and still nothing. Also i can cannot understand why Chris Gayle cannot make this current West Indies side in any format he is certainly there best batsman.

  • Hollis on February 17, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Difficult to understand how Clive Lloyd brilliance and excellent strategic visionary could not have seen this coming . In his day he would hit that slow bouncer for six.Continue to help Guyana if you can.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    next west indies team : simmons barath, pollard, gale, gabriel,narine ,mohamed, bravo, samuels, chanderpaul, cooper, sarwan , bravo, rampaul,miller, bishoo that should make most people feel good

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    I can see and hear the hatred that is coming from the various comments made by the Guyanese, Trinidadians and Jamaicans. But do we need that kind of segregation in West Indies cricket? West indies cricket started heading down hill before Hunte and Hiliare came on the seen. But again, because they are from the smaller Islands, the so called big Islands are crying fowl. No one said anything when big islanders run the board and got no result. Everyone has something to say about the small islands getting games, but said nothing when they were getting all the games. You people are very selfish, and need to stop posting these selfish comments.

  • Harton on February 16, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    I am really pleased to see the interest this story has generated. It means that we have not yet given up on WI cricket. I think the Board needs to hear what the people of the Caribbean are saying- FOR GOD's SAKE, GO! NOW!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Many people seem to have selective memory loss. The WI cricket team has been loosing badly since the early 90's afterloosing the Frank W trophy to Australia. Suddenly with the anti WICB stance all around the region then WI cricket is in the doldrums. Hello! have we been asleep for the last 20 years. C Lloyd should have resigned a long time ago as his position was becoming untennable. The notion that the WICB has mistreated senior players is laughable. Don't you mean CGayle. Some of the best WI cricketers of the past were involved in management and the team did'nt do any better. From being whitewashed series after series after series, better cricket is being played by the team but I guess its easier to be anti WICB

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    A WICB source, with what seems to be considerable satisfaction, has given the impression that Lloyd has been dumped by the ICC as Chairman of its Cricket Committee. Is this true? Has he really been sacked?

  • Mohamed on February 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I congratulate my honourable countryman, Clive Lloyd for doing the right thing. Guyana and indeed West Indies cricket have been in decline for way too long. The board commissioned the "Patterson report" several years ago and then did not follow up on one single recommendation. If West Indies cricket is to get better, then recovery efforts must start from the bottom. T&T has a good board and structure and it's time the others catch up. Thus, I believe that Guyana is doing the right thing in setting their house right. Sadly, history will record that it was the 'worst of times' for West Indies cricket under Hunt and Hilaire.

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