Clive Lloyd to head new selection panel

CliveLloyd-1St. John’s, Antigua — Legendary former captain Clive Lloyd has been appointed the new Convenor of the West Indies selection panel.

This follows a decision of the West Indies Cricket Board not to renew the contracts of members of the current West Indies selection panel.

The WICB announced on Saturday that former West Indies fast bowlers Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Walsh have been appointed to the new panel which also includes former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Courtney Browne – who has been retained – and current West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson, as well as the respective West Indies captain as a non-voting member.

Previous chairman, former Test off-spinner Clyde Butts and former leg-spin all-rounder Robert Haynes have made way for the new panel.

The changes for the way forward were approved at a directors’ meeting of the WICB held on July 12 in Antigua and were announced by Director of Cricket Richard Pybus, who confirmed that Lloyd, arguably the most successful West Indies captain ever, had been contracted for two years to head up the panel.

Pybus said the WICB had taken this opportunity to bring new personnel and insights into the selection process as part of the continued review and restructuring of the game in the Caribbean which began with the directors’ meeting in March this year.

“We welcome the introduction of Clive Lloyd – one of the true legends of West Indies cricket –to the selection panel for the first time,” said Pybus.

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