International help needed for Windies cricket, says Lloyd
West Indies legend Clive Lloyd has made a passionate plea for the international powers to offer more assistance to West Indies cricket. Lloyd, the captain of the all-conquering team of 1970s and 80s, is chairman of selectors and is with the team in Australia for the ongoing Frank Worrell trophy series.
Speaking on a wide range of topics, he argued that the game in the Caribbean was in need of resources to aid with development and progression, and called on the world governing body, the International Cricket Council, to act on its behalf.
"To run cricket, you have to have quite a lot of money. We're not as wealthy as the other countries. We did well in the 70s and 80s because we were coming as champions, and if you're coming as champions, you can demand something," the 71-year-old Lloyd told reporters here yesterday.
"So now if you're not champions, you don't get things thrown at you and, unfortunately, we need things thrown our way so we're able to compete with the bigger countries."
He continued: "People must realise where West Indies is concerned, we have a plethora of islands ... we can't drive anywhere ... we have to fly everywhere. To fly from Guyana to Jamaica takes four to five hours. And each island has different cultures.
"We need to have more money to help us because, don't forget, when we play our cricket, it is high season, and hotel rates are very exorbitant. We're not as wealthy as the other countries."
"If a team comes to any country, they should be able to play enough warm-up games to get accustomed to the conditions. We've travelled 12,000 miles, and it's different here," Lloyd said.
"We have to try and look to build a team that's going to stand us in good stead for the future."