Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lloyd sees ‘exciting times’ ahead

 “These are exciting times for West Indies cricket.”

That’s the belief of former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, now West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chairman of selectors. 

Lloyd thinks the recent changes made by the WICB are just what regional cricket needed to take the game to a higher level.

Speaking in a WICB Media interview about the changes to the selection panel, which also includes former fast bowlers Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Walsh, he said: “They are all experienced guys, some have captained, some have managed.

“Some other guys will also come into play. There are a lot of other guys who will be working in different areas of our cricket, so we are bringing in experienced people, guys who are accustomed to winning, guys who are professional and that’s what we need, a professional body not only on the field but off the field and I hope that will be the catalyst that will get us moving again,” Lloyd explained.

Other changes in regional cricket includes a new format for first class-cricket which will see the six regional sides being able to select players from across the region and further overseas. 

“You are now choosing from a wider range of players. It is good to have a structural change where our cricket is concerned. I was quite happy with what Mr (Richard) Pybus (director of cricket) has discussed with me and where he wants to go and I am sure if we can get those things on track, our cricket can only go upwards,” said Lloyd.

He said West Indies cricket is entering a new ear and believes the Under-19 cricketers will have a big role to play in their future success.

“I have been watching the Under-19 cricketers and we have a quite a few good cricketers. The point is trying to get them to the standard that is needed.

“We cannot be in the doldrums as we’ve been, for a long time. We need to be more consistent with our play and we have move up the ladder where Test matches are concerned. We have a structural change and let’s hope the youngster realise that we want to move into a new era and that they can be part of this new thinking,” Lloyd explained.

Speaking about West Indies recent record, he said “We shouldn’t be bowled out in two sessions in a Test match. We should not be beaten in two-and-a-half days in a Test match. I think we are much better than that.

“We have to think properly and if you notice, any time there is a close game we get beaten. So our thinking has got to be much better.

“We have got to think a lot more about our cricket and I hope that can be injected in our young players that are coming through because these Under-19 guys, they will be the future of West Indies cricket and if they can inculcate the right sort of things, we would have a very good future,” Lloyd concluded.