Former Windies skipper Lloyd bats for former players to fill top coaching post

By January 10, 2019
Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd

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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