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Clive Lloyd quits as WICB director

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February 16, 2012

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Haroon Lorgat, Clive Lloyd and Dave Richardson at the ICC Committee meeting, Lord's, May 11, 2009
Clive Lloyd: "I have found myself caught between my loyalty to my country and loyalty to the WICB" © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by WhenDWestwas1 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.

Posted by Silloh 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by vincy4ever 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!!!

Posted by   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

Posted by   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?

Posted by nafzak 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.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Come March West Indies selectors going to fill the team with novice batsmen like Kieran Powell & Brathwait whose entire team can hardly make 250 runs vs semi decent bowlers in a first class match or make the match last 3 days out of 4. And yet Sammy Gibson & co will have the gall to talk about team spirit unity acting like they care or badly want to win. God alone can help our cricket. I can bet my last dollar I not the only 1 close to giving up on West Indies cricket. Maybe I will start supporting Pakistan or South Africa who can pick a decent team & put on the field.

Posted by CRICALLi on (February 16, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Lloyd is undoubtedly the Greatest ever West Indian Captain. He built an unbeatable Team. The question is whether he can build a strong Guyana Cricket Team without the support of WICB. What Teams would Guyana compete with if WICB refuses to let Guyana participate? Is this the beginning of the breakup of the once mighty Westindies?....captained by the same Lloyd!!!!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

re Scott Robbins comment on cricinfo. Lara was captain of the team for a long period & we were still ranked 8th so If your logic was to be followed then you would agree that there would be nothing wrong with removing Lara from the team then & replacing him with players with far less experience and ability? That make sense? How about Sarwan & Chanderpaul ? They have already been kicked out of the ODI team. Sarwan from the test team as well. It is an irrefutable fact that between Lara retiring in 07 & the end of 2010 every time West Indies batting has looked decent it can be pinned down to performances by either Gayle, Chanderpaul or Sarwan or a combination of any two of these give or take a few scores by Nash Bravo Ramdin or Samuels. If West Indies Board & selectors live up to their rep they may not even be in the team come March either!!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

WINDIES cricket is linked to the respective Governments in the region Economically, socially and even spiritually; The Director[Lloyd] is late in coming to this decision[the right one] nevertheless, he should be commended and supported by the FANS. There must be Accountability from the Board to the Supporters of the game.

Posted by Technical-1 on (February 16, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Smiling! Sad that Lloyd was on hillarie Side.. kicking Gayle off the Team.. Now.. Hunt and Hillary Kick his arse off the Board! One Fi One.. Just sad that Guyana is suffering!.. Karma is a heaven of a thing! Lloyd should have stood for the Players instead of playing Company man.

LOL.. Hilarie and Hunt said get your old captain butt out of here.. U either stand with us or you against us... LOL ! Hunt and Hilarie has contributed nothing to cricket, yet they are running cricket!

The Coons that ellect them should be taken out and short with impregnable beef patties. Haha.. How can you ellect no cricket playing Knuckle head to lead cricket! They never played Cricket in their lives! Sad.. Now thats politics.

All the countries should Banned the WICB from playing on their grouds.. Call in Government intervention.

Devon L Wilson

A True Faithful Jamaican! Jamaica need to stand up against WICB.. and say you either do what is right or we going to ban you from playing on our Grould

Posted by simotalk on (February 16, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

I am delighted to see that after many years of mediocracy and unaccountability within the WICB , a distinguished and world reknown West Indian cricketing great, Sir Clive Lloyd, has sent a clear message to the WICB that the current state of cricket in the West Indies is deplorable and it begins with each member country. The issue in Guyana is on a smaller scale to that of the WICB. The writing has been on the wall for a long time now, and unless every WICB director and administrator take the time to soul search just as Lloyd did, consider the glory days of West Indies cricket to be a bygone era with no possibility of ressurrection. Lloyd's decision to take action to repair the damage on his home soil is a step in the right direction. Will his decision be the catalyst that starts a movement in the right direction? Or would it be an isolated incident that will be forgotten by the time this blog is posted by the administrators of Cricinfo? The West Indies fans await with held breath.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Well this just confirms that there is something highly wrong within the hirachy of Cricket in the Caribbean. It looks to me that the Board is run by a bunch of bureaucrats, whose interests are not what's best for West Indies cricket. The shabby treatment of some senior players, with the investment of youth being based on control and not a direction into the future. And i wish people would stop putting Chris Gayle on a pedestial like he is the messiah and the solution to all the problems in the team. As much as i admire his talent, he did play test cricket for over a decade, achieved some great things, but during that whole time the team remained near the bottom of the rankings, so why would his inclusion be any different now?

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (February 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

WI cricket will never prosper under such incompetancy.

Posted by noplay on (February 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

According to Hunte's reply, Lloyd did not resign voluntarily. Clearly he would have been happy to maintain both positions

Posted by vincy4ever on (February 16, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Looks like we might have a show down between the IMC (Guyanese Govt.) and the WICB. Should be interesting. At last something might happen to shake up the self serving members of the WICB Board. The world is now in the 21st Century and they insist on applying an autocratic C19th style of management. Clive Lloyd is a proven leader. Who amongst the Board can say the same?

Posted by tappee74 on (February 16, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Houourable people do honourable things,to intervene in Guyana's cricket was'nt a bad idea.Lloyd, like everyone else in the world, knows that WI cricket is on the decline,as part of the board, he realised that he was alone.He tried to find a solution in his home land of Guyana, where cricket is on the decline mainly through problems with the cricket board.It is unfair for anyone to say he was politically drawn to form a wedge between the GCB.During his tenture with WI cricket,the world found one of the best captain in the history of the game.Captaincy is leadership.His personality was defined by his actions.LLoyd did what he thought is right and we must respect his decision.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

the entire board must resign

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Hunte and the entire board should resign at once, while WI cricket is sinking, all we are seeing is the head, the body is already under water and it seems that 'WI' can't swim as we grasp desperately for straws.

Posted by aclarity on (February 16, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

The WICB is in full bloom. It is not passionate about WI cricket but is concerned with its own narrow self interest. More directors should resign like Lloyd and stand up and show their independence. Gayle being punished without a trial; support to GCB which has no legal standing; paid selectors who do the bidding of the board; 3 Australia ODI's in St. Vincent, losing to WIPA in every unbiased fora, and more. I am really sorry for WI cricketers who have cronies for bosses. The message to the cricketers is to try and get contracts outside of WICB. Narine and others like him should take note and go!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

great move, love it !!!!

Posted by PACERONE on (February 16, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

LLoyd should of resigned from WICB a long time before now if he was so concerned about W.I cricket.Just the amount of players that are injured and when healthy have a disagreement with their boards should of been a red flag.Gayle was injured said he was fit to play and is still not fir to play for WI...because of statements made.St.Hilaire can say what he feel to the press but Gayle cannot.This talk about Politics in sport is silly.The stadiums are built by governments with grants from other governments,not by ICC or WICB.Security is provided by governments.These boards cannot even detect when players are been enticed to fix games. Other Caribbean governments should look into what is happening to the game and do something about it. More than sixty people I know were planning on travelling to see Aus vs W.I..and have changed their minds.Tis a great loss to the economy of the Islands they had planned to visit.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Chris Gayle Must be in team...He is a World class player...WI cannot afford to leave him aside...World Cricket Needs Gayle..

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Mr Lloyd you are late in your soul searching towards the WICB and WI cricket. At present the WICB is still searching for souls to take WI cricket to its lowest depths and continue to enjoy the support of past cricketers who constantly babble about a turnaround.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

As a member of the West Indies board, Didn't Clive Lloyd notice the state of cricket or be concerned about it then? If he did. what did he do to change it or make it better as a director of the board? Mr Lloyd you are wrong to take the side of the Guyana Government, as you are well aware that political interference in sport is a big no no.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

The entire WICB needs to be dismantled before WI cricket can progress...

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