GCB To Support Lloyd
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has confirmed its backing of West Indies and Guyana legend, Clive Lloyd to be the next president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
The GCB is set to support Lloyd after a special executive meeting among board members on Thursday afternoon at the board’s office on Regent Street. Lloyd made a formal request to the GCB to be nominated as a candidate for the post of the WICB president on Wednesday, adding that “he had no alternative but to seek the nomination from the GCB.”
“With the WICB continuing to recognize the GCB, I had no choice but to formally approach them, since the nomination process closes in a couple of day’s time,” Lloyd said.
After the special meeting, Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie told the media that the GCB members decided by a majority vote, that they will be nominating Lloyd, 68, for the WICB presidency.
“The GCB members put forward the argument that Mr Lloyd is capable. We want to get past what has happened in the past and move forward. Mr Lloyd is a Guyanese and it’s an obligation to nominate him. We very much welcomed him, putting his name into the ring and we will definitely support him,” the GCB secretary added.
When questioned about Lloyd’s capability, Sanasie said “Well, I know he was an excellent cricketer. He has been around administration for a long time but his capability would have to be proven by him. He is an icon and I think he is capable of doing many things”.
With the support of the GCB wrapped up, Lloyd, in an invited comment on Thursday, indicated that he is confident that the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) will nominate him.
“I met with the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board and I am confident that they will support me,” Lloyd said.
The WICB elections are set for March 27 and nominations close today.
Lloyd, who resigned his post as WICB director last year will be in a three-way fight for the top post. The other two contenders are the incumbent president Dr Julian Hunte and the current vice-president, Jamaican Dave Cameron.
There were previous reports that Hunte, 72, had planned to vacate the post ahead of the elections, but subsequently made a dramatic about-turn and negotiated an arrangement, allowing him to remain as president for another two years.
The 42-year-old Cameron, a WICB vice-president since 2007, indicated his availability to contest the top position once he was approached by shareholders following Hunte’s earlier disclosure.
Meanwhile, Guyana Times Sport understands that both Hunte and Cameron have already been nominated and seconded for the position.
Each candidate, and his vice-presidential running mate, can be nominated and seconded only by a full-fledged board member. He needs to clear that hurdle before he goes to the ballot of the 14 electors, comprising the president, vice-president and two each from the territorial boards, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands.
In Barbados’ case, votes are cast by its two representatives, Pat Greenidge and Calvin Hope, as distinct from its two directors, BCA president Joel Garner and Conde Riley. The three ex-officio directors do not directly take part.
Lloyd, the most successful West Indies captain had his previous attempt for a presidential shot blocked on the grounds that he did not meet the residential requirement, with his home being outside of the Caribbean at the time.
However, after he was appointed head of the Interim Management Committee in Guyana and special adviser to President Donald Ramoutar on sport, Lloyd spent most of his time in Guyana.
Lloyd, who skippered the greatest West Indies team, has been credited for the turnaround of West Indies cricket in the late 1970s told the Guyana Times Sport recently that it is his desire to be part of West Indies cricket once again if the people in the Caribbean believe he can make a contribution.
To date, former West Indies cricketers, middle-order batsman, Basil Butcher and fast bowler Andy Roberts have thrown their support behind Lloyd for the post of president of the WICB.