West Indies news February 26, 2013

Lloyd fails in latest WICB presidency bid

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Julian Hunte and Whycliffe Cameron of Jamaica will contest the WICB presidential elections after former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd failed in his nomination bid. To secure a nomination, a candidate needs the backing of two full members (regional boards) and Lloyd only had the approval his native Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) before the deadline for filing the application expired on February 22. The elections will be held as part of the WICB AGM, on March 27 in Barbados.

The presidential race is now a two-way fight between Hunte, who currently heads the WICB, and Cameron, who is vice-president. According to the amended rules of the WICB, none of the directors, who are part of the executive board, have voting powers from this year. That was one of the recommendations of the Wilkins Committee report, which was ratified by the board at its last meeting. Each of the six regional boards (Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands) have selected two representatives who are allowed to vote, with the new president to be elected via a secret ballot.

The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president, Joel Garner, who was an integral part of the dominating West Indies team of the 1970s and '80s that Lloyd led, has put his hat into the ring for the vice-president's role. Garner, who is one of the WICB directors, will face-off against Dominican Emmanuel Nanthan, president of the Windward Islands Cricket Association.

This was Lloyd's second failed attempt to get a nomination. In the past he was not allowed to enter the presidential race on the grounds that he did not satisfy the required residential conditions, as he was staying outside of the Caribbean at the time. This time Lloyd had fulfilled that obligation, having moved back to Guyana after been appointed by the government as chairman of the interim management committee formed in the aftermath of the disputed GCB elections in 2011.

Despite Lloyd calling the controversial GCB elections held on January 27 this year "illegal", a special executive board meeting held last Thursday nominated him as its delegate for the WICB presidential elections. But Lloyd needed the one of the other five regional boards to second his nomination.

In his attempt to garner more support Lloyd had even sent his manifesto to the T&T and Barbados cricket boards. Titled 'Clive Lloyd's manifesto - WICB presidency', the three-page document stressed that West Indies cricket desperately needed a "second growth curve"and argued he had the right expertise and international experience as a former professional cricketer and ICC administrator to lead the board.

"My vision for West Indies cricket is to take our cricket out of the doldrums and to put us back at the top. To use my expertise, knowledge of and passion for the game, my credibility, integrity and international professional standing and every moral fibre within to reverse the fortunes of our WI cricket," Lloyd wrote.

He signed off the document by quoting Winston Churchill, the former British prime minister: "'To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.' Today I believe I have been 'figuratively tapped' and offered an opportunity to do a very special thing. Cricket is one of the great unifying forces in West Indian history and culture and I would like to offer my services to people of the West Indies as the next president of WICB."

However, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board sidestepped the issue by deciding to act as a neutral observer instead of supporting any candidate, while the BCA's stance remained unclear.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY hassaboy on | February 26, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    I venture to say that the cfricketing bodies of the West Indies have lost a great opportunity to be led by a great man. There are so much to be done to bring back West Indian cricket to the level it was in the 50'sm 60's and 70's and this great cricketer and administratorm Clive Lloyd, is the only man could have done that. I am positive that especially Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board will regret their decision not to support Clive Lloyd. I compliment the Guyana Crcket Board, even though "illegal" at this tis time, in supporting Clive L;oyd. Best Wishes to you Clive May you continue to assist the administrative in whatever way possible.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    It is very sad isn't it and the downward spiral of WI cricket will continue. Lloyd who has done so much for cricket in WI gave the Indies glory is being side stepped for some useless guys who done nothing for WI Cricket. This where gratitude is being denied and when a nation deny gratitude it will only sink. Do not be surprised to WI at the bottom of ranking by end 2013.

  • POSTED BY Guyanese2Dbone on | February 28, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Even if Hunt was to loose the race we still are in the same downward spiral. Just listened to an interview of Nanthan, the other guy in the vice president race, he along with his running mate Cameron were singing praises for Hunt as if he is the one true God. T&T i am very disappointed in you. Don't ever again said another word against the W.I board because this was your chance too make it right and you chicken out. Mr Lloyd was one of the greatest thing to happen to a W.I cricket team and would have been the same for it's cricket board. As for all you doubters look at the documentary on him and dig deep as to what and who caused the problems when he was managing the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    May be I've been away from the Caribbean for too long to feel the pulse of the people. However, being a huge cricket fan and supporter, I'm very disappointed to learn that Mr. Clive Lloyd, who has a burning desire to help with the progress of Windies Cricket, was denied the opportunity to exhibit his leadership skills, as President of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) I reside in South Florida, but still follow Windies Cricket closely. I even make the trip to Barbados when a test is played there. I've been doing that since 1980. Even made a trip to England in 1976 for the match at the Oval. Our cricket has now fallen off the wagon and is dragging in the dust and just about every other team is stepping over us. We need to stop the bleeding. Who better than Mr. Lloyd? A Lloyd, Garner team, would be just the tonic our cricket needs. Can supporters living in Florida nominate or vote for a candidate? Mr.Hunte and Mr.Cameron are not Cricket savvy, they are political business men. LLOYD!!!

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | February 27, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    It is particularly sad that T&T and BCA decided to side step their responsibility on this matter. It is of the utmost importance to the future of WI cricket. Just another sign of the division that exists between the regional bodies on important issues.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | February 27, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    People forgot When Loyd was the Manager of WI cricket. He was a great Captain not really a good Management. For those Who dont know about that incident should do research on WI cricket before talking.

  • POSTED BY yoadie on | February 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Fifty years from now, the Caribbean history books (if we will still be printing those), will be writing about Mr. Clive `Hubert' Lloyd, as an opportunity lost. Nothing new. We did it to Marcus Garvey, George Headley, Frank Worrell, Walter Rodney, Bob Marley and to a host of others. In terms of experience, contacts, man-management, international relations, diplomacy, sure-footedness and vision, Mr Lloyd can wrap his huge fingures around, and make mince-meat of, both surviving candidates for the position of president - WICB. I call upon the modern-day CLR James to mount an `Elect Clive Lloyd' campaign. This travesty makes one wonder if the matter of skin color in the Caribbean, isn't alive and well.

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | February 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    This is a great loss to WI cricket. WI cricket is in a complete mess and they do not seem to have any regard for talent either past or present. No wonder they are now classified with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and NZ.... no longer part of the A Group!

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | February 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I don't know about Llyod as president ...

    he will axe all spinners immediately ....

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    The fact that Clive Lloyd was a great cricketer does not qualify him for President of WICB. This is not the only way he can serve WI cricket. I am sure the Mr. Clive Lloyd will continue to help in the development of the game.

  • POSTED BY hassaboy on | February 26, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    I venture to say that the cfricketing bodies of the West Indies have lost a great opportunity to be led by a great man. There are so much to be done to bring back West Indian cricket to the level it was in the 50'sm 60's and 70's and this great cricketer and administratorm Clive Lloyd, is the only man could have done that. I am positive that especially Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board will regret their decision not to support Clive Lloyd. I compliment the Guyana Crcket Board, even though "illegal" at this tis time, in supporting Clive L;oyd. Best Wishes to you Clive May you continue to assist the administrative in whatever way possible.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    It is very sad isn't it and the downward spiral of WI cricket will continue. Lloyd who has done so much for cricket in WI gave the Indies glory is being side stepped for some useless guys who done nothing for WI Cricket. This where gratitude is being denied and when a nation deny gratitude it will only sink. Do not be surprised to WI at the bottom of ranking by end 2013.

  • POSTED BY Guyanese2Dbone on | February 28, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Even if Hunt was to loose the race we still are in the same downward spiral. Just listened to an interview of Nanthan, the other guy in the vice president race, he along with his running mate Cameron were singing praises for Hunt as if he is the one true God. T&T i am very disappointed in you. Don't ever again said another word against the W.I board because this was your chance too make it right and you chicken out. Mr Lloyd was one of the greatest thing to happen to a W.I cricket team and would have been the same for it's cricket board. As for all you doubters look at the documentary on him and dig deep as to what and who caused the problems when he was managing the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    May be I've been away from the Caribbean for too long to feel the pulse of the people. However, being a huge cricket fan and supporter, I'm very disappointed to learn that Mr. Clive Lloyd, who has a burning desire to help with the progress of Windies Cricket, was denied the opportunity to exhibit his leadership skills, as President of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) I reside in South Florida, but still follow Windies Cricket closely. I even make the trip to Barbados when a test is played there. I've been doing that since 1980. Even made a trip to England in 1976 for the match at the Oval. Our cricket has now fallen off the wagon and is dragging in the dust and just about every other team is stepping over us. We need to stop the bleeding. Who better than Mr. Lloyd? A Lloyd, Garner team, would be just the tonic our cricket needs. Can supporters living in Florida nominate or vote for a candidate? Mr.Hunte and Mr.Cameron are not Cricket savvy, they are political business men. LLOYD!!!

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | February 27, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    It is particularly sad that T&T and BCA decided to side step their responsibility on this matter. It is of the utmost importance to the future of WI cricket. Just another sign of the division that exists between the regional bodies on important issues.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | February 27, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    People forgot When Loyd was the Manager of WI cricket. He was a great Captain not really a good Management. For those Who dont know about that incident should do research on WI cricket before talking.

  • POSTED BY yoadie on | February 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Fifty years from now, the Caribbean history books (if we will still be printing those), will be writing about Mr. Clive `Hubert' Lloyd, as an opportunity lost. Nothing new. We did it to Marcus Garvey, George Headley, Frank Worrell, Walter Rodney, Bob Marley and to a host of others. In terms of experience, contacts, man-management, international relations, diplomacy, sure-footedness and vision, Mr Lloyd can wrap his huge fingures around, and make mince-meat of, both surviving candidates for the position of president - WICB. I call upon the modern-day CLR James to mount an `Elect Clive Lloyd' campaign. This travesty makes one wonder if the matter of skin color in the Caribbean, isn't alive and well.

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | February 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    This is a great loss to WI cricket. WI cricket is in a complete mess and they do not seem to have any regard for talent either past or present. No wonder they are now classified with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and NZ.... no longer part of the A Group!

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | February 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I don't know about Llyod as president ...

    he will axe all spinners immediately ....

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    The fact that Clive Lloyd was a great cricketer does not qualify him for President of WICB. This is not the only way he can serve WI cricket. I am sure the Mr. Clive Lloyd will continue to help in the development of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Lloyd made bad choices regarding his association,and as such ruined his chances. Albeit in the interest of cricket in Guyana. A real sad affair.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | February 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    In the past week we have been hearing unconfirmed reports of how BCCI used its muscle in denying Haroon Lorgat the presidency of Cricket South Africa. And now comes the news from the Caribbean of Lloyd's failure in his WICB presidency bid. Intriguing to say the least.

  • POSTED BY Paulk on | February 27, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    I agree with santoshjohnsamuel - for those of us in our 40s there is something special and magical when the names of the greats Lloyd, Richards, Greenidge, Kallicharan, Holding, Marshall, Garner etc roll of the tongue. Many of us would secretly and with a slightly guilty feeling hope for a Richards special or a Marshall 5-for against our own teams. Or even a steady Larry Gomes doing what he did best - stand up to Aussies. They were something special and you just had to live through that time. The game has changed so much that the comparison of statistics mean nothing.

  • POSTED BY santoshjohnsamuel on | February 27, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Lloyd fails in presidency bid -- even God helps only those who want to be helped. Guess WI cricket would for some more time be under the sway of politicians and administrators who've had a proven record of a lack of vision over a fairly long time! How and why WI cricket is not utilising the services of a golden generation of leaders, batsmen and bowlers to improve and try and become a force to reckon with absolutely confounds many of us. Shocking also is the lack of urgency shown by the administrators -- the services of Lloyd and Viv and all the men who played under them would not be available in perpetuity.

    Many of us fall in love with cricket with the majesty of the WI game. And for many of us in our 40s and beyond, WI still remains our favourite side, even when playing against home teams (i'm an Indian). To watch this state of affairs for close to 20 years, yet hoping for a WI revival, has been painful. We can only hope the WI board comes to its senses sooner than later.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Clive Lloyd at this moment would be the most suitable person to occupy the office of the presidency of the WICB.

    In the world of cricket he stands out like a giant. If any one person is capable of guiding the West Indies to the top once more---I believe that person is Clive Lloyd.

    On the field and off the field--- the quality of the man is there for all to see.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Managing West Indies Cricket has always been tough water to tread even when they were winning. The winning kept everything in the background then. Just what the hell makes Lloyd qualified as an executive? TNT is just letting him down lightly with a respectful No thank you sir. In my opinion, the way things were headed after Ken Gordon--were the foxes were ruling the hen house; Hunte must be given some credit for stabilizing the ship. Unlike Gordon and Hilaire, I like his style of staying quiet during stormy times with the players, no need to throw gasoline on the fire. Now that the ship is stable we can now head back on course. Managing the WICB is just not about cricket alone--there are two different branches the exec and the game itself. Can't allow all hawk and heron in the executive branch to run the ship aground.

  • POSTED BY gangadincongo on | February 27, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    It is a shame when a man like Clive Lloyd is overlooked by the cricketing organizations of the West Indies to be the head of the WICB. Without a doubt, he is most qualified to bring the Windies back to a super power status. He knows the game inside out and has the administrative experience too after his stint with the ICC. The other candidates will be more of the same and Windies cricket will remain status quo. A terrible mistake indeed and I am sure most cricket lovers all over the world will agree with me on this.

  • POSTED BY VEXXZ on | February 26, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    The naming of a new President will not change the outcome of WI cricket . A NEW structure must be put in place with all the Islands ( including Governments) coming on board to help over see the cricket . No 3 or 4 or 5 people on a board in the Caribbean should be given all that POWER . Those days are over and its time to turn over a NEW leaf in the administration of WI cricket .

  • POSTED BY aroundthewicket on | February 26, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Oh great! The current president and vice-president duking it out! Same old same old for the next few years again!! Mr. Lloyd, if you are reading this, as a West Indian, I am so sorry. Please continue trying - we need you. You are were accustomed coming in down the order to dig us out of trouble anyway!

  • POSTED BY tappee74 on | February 26, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    It's a sad day for cricket,and I am most disappointed.We have lived through eras of highs and lows in the course of time.On the highs we remember the remarkable feats of Sir Gary Sobers,The Ws Kanhai,Hunte,Sir Constantine,Ram & Val,the great Jamaican George Headly who was titled the "Black Bradman and then in recent time came CH LLoyd.A man who took a five to one beating in Australia,but mustered a team that will defy the world for the next two decades.My god, this was a chance for him to make his greatest contribution ever.WI cricket is at sea drifting without a direction.Hunte ,Gibson Hillary,and all the close associates have failed in their inputs.They have a world class batsman,Shivnarine Chanderpaul who sits somewhere in the world and is not considered to play in the one dayers.Who are these people and what they know of cricket. Our future is bleak.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | February 26, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    no wonder WI cricket is where it is.....

  • POSTED BY degama01 on | February 26, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Also, Trinidad and Tobago? Really? How could you choose to abstain from such an important decision? Parties need to stop trying to cover their behind and put their foot down. Save that for MPs.

  • POSTED BY degama01 on | February 26, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I hope that there is sufficiently good reason for Lloyd not to earn a nomination for WICB President. After all, I am not present at WICB's intensive deliberations on the best pathway to carrying West Indies cricket back to the top.

    Mr. Lloyd is as passionate about West Indies cricket as one could possibly be. His successful tenure as captain, together with his continued work throughout the world, demonstrate that he has the competence and leadership qualities to drive West Indies cricket forward.

    It is important to have an individual who combines a burning passion for the game with "tried and proven" leadership skills. I think no other person in the West Indies but Mr. Lloyd fit that profile. Let us hope that the WICB did not omit Lloyd for petty political reasons. After all, political bickering does not ever happen in the WICB right?

  • POSTED BY vannoj on | February 26, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Well said SolFish, "To the pavilion of historic failures, never to show their faces again". An admin that has failed to raise the rank of West Indies cricket for the past 10 years is once again trying to sink it further. It is crystal clear why the interest of cricket among our youths is dwindling. Not to say we have no talent in the Region but the selfish attitude of those who profess to be the guardian of WI cricket is only bleeding it to the depth of nothingness. This is indeed a shame for the few cricketers who are making a valiant effort will never be able to reach their full potential with the present inept leadership of the Region's cricket.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | February 26, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    With Barbados cricket been the worst it has been,I guess that Garner will be the ideal person to further bring W.I cricket down.He has not improved Barbados cricket so how come he is needed to help W,I cricket?

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    "Despite Lloyd calling the controversial GCB elections held on January 27 this year "illegal", a special executive board meeting held last Thursday nominated him as its delegate to the WICB presidential elections."

    Given that fact, it is difficult to understand how he was able to accept the nomination of the GCB in good conscience.

  • POSTED BY SolFish on | February 26, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    As with the great Clyde Wallcot, its time that the bat(ton) be passed to a former great captain, who knew what it took to take the former great WI cricket team to become the greatest in the world, this present mediocre admin needs to pull up its stumps, declare its innings closed, and march gracefully into the pavilion of historic failures.

  • POSTED BY SolFish on | February 26, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    As with the great Clyde Wallcot, its time that the bat(ton) be passed to a former great captain, who knew what it took to take the former great WI cricket team to become the greatest in the world, this present mediocre admin needs to pull up its stumps, declare its innings closed, and march gracefully into the pavilion of historic failures.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    "Despite Lloyd calling the controversial GCB elections held on January 27 this year "illegal", a special executive board meeting held last Thursday nominated him as its delegate to the WICB presidential elections."

    Given that fact, it is difficult to understand how he was able to accept the nomination of the GCB in good conscience.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | February 26, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    With Barbados cricket been the worst it has been,I guess that Garner will be the ideal person to further bring W.I cricket down.He has not improved Barbados cricket so how come he is needed to help W,I cricket?

  • POSTED BY vannoj on | February 26, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Well said SolFish, "To the pavilion of historic failures, never to show their faces again". An admin that has failed to raise the rank of West Indies cricket for the past 10 years is once again trying to sink it further. It is crystal clear why the interest of cricket among our youths is dwindling. Not to say we have no talent in the Region but the selfish attitude of those who profess to be the guardian of WI cricket is only bleeding it to the depth of nothingness. This is indeed a shame for the few cricketers who are making a valiant effort will never be able to reach their full potential with the present inept leadership of the Region's cricket.

  • POSTED BY degama01 on | February 26, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I hope that there is sufficiently good reason for Lloyd not to earn a nomination for WICB President. After all, I am not present at WICB's intensive deliberations on the best pathway to carrying West Indies cricket back to the top.

    Mr. Lloyd is as passionate about West Indies cricket as one could possibly be. His successful tenure as captain, together with his continued work throughout the world, demonstrate that he has the competence and leadership qualities to drive West Indies cricket forward.

    It is important to have an individual who combines a burning passion for the game with "tried and proven" leadership skills. I think no other person in the West Indies but Mr. Lloyd fit that profile. Let us hope that the WICB did not omit Lloyd for petty political reasons. After all, political bickering does not ever happen in the WICB right?

  • POSTED BY degama01 on | February 26, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Also, Trinidad and Tobago? Really? How could you choose to abstain from such an important decision? Parties need to stop trying to cover their behind and put their foot down. Save that for MPs.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | February 26, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    no wonder WI cricket is where it is.....

  • POSTED BY tappee74 on | February 26, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    It's a sad day for cricket,and I am most disappointed.We have lived through eras of highs and lows in the course of time.On the highs we remember the remarkable feats of Sir Gary Sobers,The Ws Kanhai,Hunte,Sir Constantine,Ram & Val,the great Jamaican George Headly who was titled the "Black Bradman and then in recent time came CH LLoyd.A man who took a five to one beating in Australia,but mustered a team that will defy the world for the next two decades.My god, this was a chance for him to make his greatest contribution ever.WI cricket is at sea drifting without a direction.Hunte ,Gibson Hillary,and all the close associates have failed in their inputs.They have a world class batsman,Shivnarine Chanderpaul who sits somewhere in the world and is not considered to play in the one dayers.Who are these people and what they know of cricket. Our future is bleak.

  • POSTED BY aroundthewicket on | February 26, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Oh great! The current president and vice-president duking it out! Same old same old for the next few years again!! Mr. Lloyd, if you are reading this, as a West Indian, I am so sorry. Please continue trying - we need you. You are were accustomed coming in down the order to dig us out of trouble anyway!

  • POSTED BY VEXXZ on | February 26, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    The naming of a new President will not change the outcome of WI cricket . A NEW structure must be put in place with all the Islands ( including Governments) coming on board to help over see the cricket . No 3 or 4 or 5 people on a board in the Caribbean should be given all that POWER . Those days are over and its time to turn over a NEW leaf in the administration of WI cricket .