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Lloyd fails in latest WICB presidency bid

Nagraj Gollapudi

February 26, 2013

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Bishan Bedi and Clive Lloyd in discussion at the ICC Centenary History Conference, Oxford, July 22, 2009
Clive Lloyd, pictured here with Bishan Bedi, has failed in his second bid for the WICB presidency © Getty Images
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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   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.

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