Clive Lloyd Chairs New West Indian Selection Panel

Clive Lloyd will chair the new WICB selection panel
Clive Lloyd will chair the new WICB selection panel
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Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd will chair a newly-constituted West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Selection Panel.

The WICB appointed Lloyd to convene the panel after choosing not to renew the contracts of the current panel members.

Lloyd will be joined on the panel by former international fast bowlers Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Walsh and former wicket-keeper Courtney Browne, who is the only member of the current panel to be retained.

Clyde Butts and Robert Haynes have left the selection panel, which will also continue to include head coach Ottis Gibson and the respective national captain as a non-voting member.

The changes were approved at a WICB Director's meeting on 12th July and Lloyd has been awarded a two-year contract.

"We welcome the introduction of Clive Lloyd – one of the true legends of West Indies cricket –to the selection panel for the first time," Richard Pybus, WICB Director of Cricket, said.
"We are also glad that an iconic fast bowler like Courtney Walsh, and highly-experienced, former international player and coach like Eldine Baptiste have accepted to perform this important function.
"Courtney Browne is retained on the panel as both selector and regional talent manager with a specialist focus on youth and women’s cricket.
"We look forward to their input as we continue to work on building a strong and sustainable cricket system that produces elite cricketers for the West Indies senior teams."

Thanking Butts and Haynes for their contributions on the previous panel, Pybus added:

"We thank Clyde and Robert for their commitment and professionalism, and the job they have done in a challenging period in West Indies history and we wish them well in their future endeavours.
"During their tenure, West Indies were crowned World Twenty20 champions and rose briefly to No.5 in the ICC Test World Rankings."

The new panel will convene for the first time later this week when they decide on a squad to play two Tests against Bangladesh.

Lloyd played 110 Tests and 87 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies between 1966 and 1985 and has subsequently worked in a number of roles with the West Indies including coaching, directing and most recently as part of the WICB debriefing panel.

Walsh, who played 132 Tests and 205 ODIs has managed the West Indies Under-19s and coached in Jamaica while Eldine Baptiste, a veteran of 10 Tests and 43 ODIs has coached in Kenya, South Africa and the West Indies.

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