Lloyd Out Of WICB Race

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Legendary former West Indies Clive Lloyd has been overlooked in the nominations process to be the new president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Guyana Times Sport was reliably informed by a source close to the WICB that Lloyd failed to secure a second full member signature from the other territorial boards. The nomination process closed on Friday afternoon.

Lloyd, who captained the West Indies to unprecedented success during the 1970s and 80s, was nominated by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on Thursday after a Special Executive meeting involving board members. Lloyd had made a formal request to the GCB on Wednesday to be nominated as a candidate for the post of president of the WICB.

Apparently, the GCB was prepared to nominate him (Lloyd), but he could not find a seconder, and as such, the nomination did not go through. Nominations require a seconder to be valid,” the source said.

The WICB articles require that two full board members make the nomination and the candidate then provides the board with an acceptance letter.

When that hurdle is clear, the candidate goes to the ballot of the 12 electors, comprising two representatives each from the territorial boards: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands.

This is the first time since the incorporation of WICB that none of the board’s directors will be allowed to vote on behalf of their respective territories. This was one of the recommendations of the famous Wilkins report on governance that the members accepted at their last meeting.

With Lloyd now out of the race, the position of president is a straight battle between the incumbent Dr. Julian Hunte and 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.

Lloyd said he was keen to take the post after observing what he called the “futility of the leadership” of West Indies cricket.

This failure has manifested itself, not only in the palpable decline on the field, but in the overall discipline and development of West Indies cricket as well as the invidiousness that has characterised the relationship between the board and the players,” he told Guyana Times Sport via telephone on Saturday.

Lloyd’s first shot at the presidential post was blocked on the grounds that he did not meet the residential requirement, with his home being outside of the Caribbean at the time. The ‘Super Cat’, as he is commonly referred to, played 110 Tests for West Indies, 74 as captain, and led them to victory in the 1975 and 1979 World Cup finals.

The WICB elections are set for March 27.