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Clive Lloyd Defends World Cup Squad Selection

Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd says the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard has nothing to do with victimisation
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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Chairman of Selectors Clive Lloyd has defended his panel's decision to leave all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard out of the Cricket World Cup 2015 squad.

Darren Sammy, Jason Holder and Andre Russell were preferred as the fast-bowling all-rounders in the West Indies' 15-man squad after the panel met and discussed the squad for two days.

Speaking on the The Zone, Lloyd said that the pair's omission does not mean they have no future with the West Indies and they are being encouraged to try to get back into the team.

"Let people understand that we have been at the bottom rung of the ladder for the last eight years or more with the same players, recycling people all the time," Lloyd said.

"The point is that now we tried to see if we can change things. It is obvious picking a West Indies team is not easy.

"If you look at the stats of our players, they are not wonderful so we will be picking players averaging 20, 25, some even 19. We (are) starting from scratch.

"It is not a situation where these guys have been wiped away. They have a chance at playing for the West Indies again.

"We have a new captain and hopefully he will get the support that is needed and we can put in a very good performance."

He added that any idea that Bravo and Pollard had been victimised by the board was wide of the mark.

"I have no axe to grind, I don’t dislike anybody. We want the best for the West Indies," he said.

"It is going to take some doing because we don’t have a great set of players to choose from. What we have is some good young players coming through from the Under-19 and we will reward them when they do well.

And Lloyd said he is "disappointed" with comments made by Chris Gayle regarding the World Cup squad.

After hitting 90 in 41 balls to help the West Indies win the second Twenty20 International against South Africa in Johannesburg, Gayle said he felt it was "ridiculous" that neither Bravo nor Pollard were in the World Cup squad.

"I am very disappointed with Chris that he said that because he is somebody I respect but he is not a selector," Lloyd said.

"He might think it was victimisation but I have nothing against him. Quite a few of the other players are playing - why are they not victimised?" Lloyd added.

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