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West Indies cricketing icon speaks out

PICTURED: Clive Lloyd

WITH THE first test between West Indies and England under way, legendary former captain Clive Lloyd has lamented the snubbing of a fellow West Indies icon.

He said it was unfortunate that great players such as Desmond Haynes are continually ignored for the position of men’s head coach.

Speaking in the wake of the controversial appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus, Lloyd said Cricket West Indies (CWI) had tried foreign coaches over the years without much success and needed to tap into the talents of homegrown stars.

“I heard about [the appointment of Pybus, but I thought there were quite a few names put forward and I think somebody had said that Desmond was one of those names,”

said Lloyd, left. “What I would like to see in the future of our cricket is that people like Gordon Greenidge, who has coached all over the place, and Desmond Haynes [be 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-day-ers].”

Haynes was one of several regional coaches identified by director of cricket Jimmy Adams to fill the post left vacant
by the resignation of Australian Stuart Law.

OVERLOOKED

The 62-year-old Barbadian, who played 116 Tests and 238 ODIs, worked with the Windies side as a batting consultant eight years ago in a short stint.

However, Haynes was over-looked for the vacant head coach position in favour of South African Nic Pothas, who
had also been shortlisted, before Pybus – who was not among the shortlisted group – was eventually, controversially approved by CWI.

Lloyd, a former Windies manager and chief selector, said that West Indies cricket was suffering from a lack of strategic planning.

“I think what should happen is that we should have 12 or 14 people discussing West Indies cricket and how we can take it forward,” said the Guyanese player, credited for moulding the great Caribbean sides of the late 1970s and ’80s.

West Indies will take on England in three Tests, five One-Day Internationals, and three Twenty20 Internationals in the Caribbean.

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