Legendary Windies captain Clive Lloyd has strongly cautioned against any effort to replace Jason Holder as leader of the current regional team.

The 27-year-old Barbadian native has been among those coming in for heavy criticism after a dismal showing from the Windies at the ICC World Cup. 

Holder, who was appointed to the post four years ago, has largely presided over a disappointing period for the team results-wise.  During that time the all-rounder, as captain, has won some 24 out of 83 matches and as the Windies slipped out of the world’s top 8 teams.  The scenario forced the team to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.  Despite the results, however, Lloyd who was a part of a team that appointed Holder does not believe he is entirely to blame.

“It’s not just Jason. The team has let him down. These young players must have more pride in whom they represent, not just blaming a captain who we were raving about two months ago when he led West Indies to a series victory against England,” Lloyd told the Barbados Nation News.

 

Former legendary Windies captain Clive Lloyd has earmarked the Australia fixture as a crucial touchstone for the regional squad, following an impressive start to the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The Caribbean team blew Pakistan out of the water in their opening fixture, using pace and bounce to unsettle the South-Asian squad, who were dismissed for 105, before casually cruising to the total.  Facing the Australians, who boast an equal amount of firepower in both the pace bowling and batting departing, could be a very different prospect.  The Aussie, who hammered Bangladesh in their opener, will face the Windies at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

 “We just need to see what happens when the pressure is on the West Indies, but the game against Australia should do that as that will be a good test of where we are at,”

“Australia have got some firepower and some very good batsmen, so that should be an excellent game. That will give you an idea if West Indies can qualify or not,” he added.

“It’s going to be a good test and I also want to see the game against England, that too is going to be quite the contest. England have some real firepower and variety too.

“The next week or so is going to be very exciting for this competition. From what I’ve seen so far, though, I think the West Indies do possess enough to qualify for the last four.”

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has added his voice to a throng of former players throwing their support behind the duo of Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow ahead of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) president elections on Sunday.

Two former captains of the regional team Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards and a former fast bowler Andy Roberts have already thrown their weight behind the challengers.  In endorsing the candidates, the former captains seemed to offer very little praise for the current admiration, despite many pointing to numerous achievements.  Sammy, who last played for the regional team in 2016, sang a similar tune.

“Do not be fooled again by Cameron and Nanthan,” Sammy said via a Facebook Live post.

“Do not believe in any last-minute political propaganda. Cameron only cares about himself, and he cares little about West Indies cricket and the cricketers. I have worked under the leadership of both Dave Cameron and Emmanuel and I can honestly say for sure these two do not have the cricket at heart. And for this reason, I am asking the CWI voters to do the right thing this coming Sunday in Jamaica and vote for change,” he added.

 “Twelve years in leadership is enough to see what Cameron can do, or has not done and that is why I am supporting Ricky Skerritt and Kishore Shallow as they look to make the change, the well-deserved change in West Indies cricket and its administration. Do the right thing. It’s time for change. Cameron, your time is up. Vote Skerritt and Shallow. Do the right thing.”

Sammy and Cameron have not always seen eye to eye with the outspoken former captain criticising the administration, in a post-final interview, after claiming the T20 World Cup title in 2016.

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].”

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