Lloyd takes over Windies Cricket Committee

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bridgetown:After taking over as the chairman of the WICB Cricket Committee, two-time World Cup winning captain Clive Lloyd said he won't hesitate to crack the whip even if that means antagonising some people.

The Nation reports that Lloyd has been recently elected non-member West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director and the former captain promise some tough decisions in the coming days.

''Our cricket committee is strong. We have some very strong guys there," Lloyd told Midweeksport. ''We will make the hard decisions.

It doesn't matter.

''If I have to do things that will upset people, I will, but once it is for the best of West Indies' cricket, that's where I stand,'' he asserted.

Aware of the sorry state of the game in the country, Lloyd said, ''We on the cricket committee have got a lot of work to do. Our domestic cricket needs ironing out. We have to get an academy that is run properly, where our young people have a chance of going in and coming out with all the ingredients that will make a top cricketer.

''We have to put the right people in place. The board has got to be very responsible,' he said.

Seen mostly as a Match Referee in the recent past, Lloyd was unsure how long he would continue in that job.

''The World Cup is my last stint as a referee. I don't know if I'll continue it. The travelling has been quite a lot. I think I need to put something back into the game.

''I'm here as chairman of cricket and I hope we'll be able to give our team the impetus that is needed,'' he said.

Though he has been residing mostly outside the Caribbean, Lloyd said, ''I just want to help West Indies cricket. I didn't play cricket for anybody else other than the West Indies. I didn't play for India or Pakistan. I want to give our team that edge and hopefully they can be one of the top teams in the next couple of years.'' ''There is still this doom and gloom thing that we're not going to be like the 70s and 80s. We might get there, but it is going to take time and it will take everyone working together to get to that goal.

''We don't want any stalling of different things like contractual problems. We need to have a smooth-running situation. Once we can get that, we will be off and running,'' he added.

On the present squad under Brian Lara, Lloyd said, ''We have a very good One-Day team. We now have to develop our five-day attitude.

''I want the youngsters to try and knock that door to get in there. We must want to win and win well. Our aim should be going up the ladder in the ICC championship,'' he said.

''We can do well in the Champions Trophy and the World Cup. By that time, we'd have guys who probably would have played here who might want to be in that 18, 20 or 30 players that we have to put forward,'' he said.

Lloyd said he has already spotted some new talent during the Stanford 20/20 Tournament.

''I was quite impressed with some of the players, guys who I've heard about, but never seen.

''This is very good for our cricket and hopefully by the end of this tournament, a few of them would have come to the fore and we'll try to see how we can take them forward,'' he added.

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