THE WEST INDIES’ greatest ever cricket leader has a Royal appointment in 2020.
Former West captain Clive Lloyd, under whom the Caribbean team dominated international cricket, is to receive a knighthood. Lloyd, 75, has been honoured for his service to the game.
“Congratulations to West Indies Great Clive Lloyd who is set to receive a Knighthood in the New Year for his outstanding service to cricket,” tweeted West Indies Cricket board from their official handle.
Lloyd, who captained the West Indies from 1974 until 1985, will join the likes of Gary Sobers, Everton Weekes and Vivian Richards to receive the accolade.
The left-handed middle-order batsman, scored 7,515 runs at an average of more than 46 in 110 appearances for the Windies. Under his captaincy, West Indies won 26 matches without defeat, and thrashed England 5-0 in what became known as the 1984 “Blackwash” series.
He was a fine fielder too as he made his name with English county Lancashire and ultimately at international level.
Humble Lloyd led his men to success in the inaugural World Cup in 1975 and helped them retain the prize four years later.
Meanwhile Lloyd’s former team mate Gordon Greenidge is to be conferred with a knighthood.
He has been accorded Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG).
Born in England, the 68-year-old represented Barbados and Hampshire.
During a 17-year-career opening the batting for one of the most dominant West Indies teams, many of those years alongside fellow Barbadian Desmond Haynes, Greenidge became one of the most feared bastmen in the world.
He played 108 Test matches and scored 7, 588 runs at an average of 44.7, and in 128 one-day internationals, he scored 5, 134 runs at an average of 45.