Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd believes more regional players should be given a chance to lead the unit in the wake of the appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus to the post.

The 54-year-old former director of cricket and head of the high-performance centre was appointed to the position on an interim basis last week.

 According to Cricket West Indies, (CWI) Pybus will oversee the upcoming series against England and this summer’s ICC World Cup campaign.  Despite the position being announced as temporary, the former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach was selected ahead of several former West Indian players that had shown an interest in the post.  Among them was former opener Desmond Haynes.

 “I heard about it but I thought they were quite a few names put forward and I think somebody had said that Desmond was one of those names,” Lloyd told the popular cricket radio show, Mason and Guests.

“What I would like to see in the future of our cricket that people like Gordon Greenidge, who has coached all over the place, and Desmond Haynes [given a chance]. These guys know about cricket and our cricketers and they are not getting a chance to show what talents they have, and I think it is about time we start to do something of that nature,” he added.

 “We’ve tried a lot of overseas coaches and we’re still at number eight [in Tests] and number nine [in one-dayers].”

President of the Leeward Island Cricket Board (LICB) Enoch Lewis has admonished regional governing body Cricket West Indies (CWI) for not following procedure in the appointment of Richard Pybus.

Pybus, the former director of cricket who returned as head of the high-performance director in February, was appointed interim coach by the body last week.  The official is expected to hold the post for the upcoming England series through to this year’s ICC World Cup in England.

Although the CWI has stressed that the appointment is expected to be a temporary one, the move has drawn criticism in several quarters.

“We feel that due process was not followed and so we have written to Cricket West Indies (CWI) to ask them to take a look at it and we have made certain requests which we are hoping they will come back to us,” Lewis said in a recent interview with the Antigua Observer.

“It is far from the norm and Cricket West Indies is supposed to be a transparent body.  We’re supposed to operate according to protocol, policies, procedures, due process and so that we are saying from LICB standpoint,” he added.

Lewis claimed Pybus’ name had not been mentioned in original meetings regarding the issue and was only appointed after a conversation was had with CWI boss Dave Cameron.  The official also took exception with not being consulted as chairman of the CWI’s Cricket Committee.

Cricket West Indies have clarified its position on new Windies head coach Richard Pybus, saying the appointment is an interim one, as the organization seeks to find a head honcho from within the region. 

Richard Pybus, former director of cricket and now West Indies’ high performance director, is set to become the next head coach of the Windies unit. 

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