Lloyd to help Windies win Trophy

The West Indies received a boost ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy campaign as former great Clive Lloyd was appointed as consultant to coach Bennett King and captain Brian Lara during the event.

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    Lloyd, who captained World Cup-winning West Indies teams in 1975 and 1979 will join the Windies squad in India as they prepare for their qualifying series before the main one-day tournament.

     

    "He has agreed to make himself accessible to captain, coach and manager to assist in any way which will build morale, strengthen performance and encourage a stronger culture of professionalism and discipline," a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) statement said.

     

    "Lloyd will serve the dual purpose of WICB representative, to explore opportunities for additional games next year as well as to make his vast experience available to the team," the statement added.

     

    "It is something we've done before and we know that Clive's vast experience in leading victorious West Indian teams in the past would be an additional asset to the touring team."

     

    62-year-old Lloyd retired from cricket in 1985 after scoring 7,515 runs in 110 Test matches and 1,977 runs in 87 one-day internationals, and led the West Indies to a record 36 wins in 74 Tests between 1974 and 1985.

     

    The West Indies must first qualify for the main tournament after slipping out of the top six in the world rankings, as they take on Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in a round-robin qualifying series with the top two teams going through to the main draw.

     

    The Windies play Zimbabwe in their first match on October 8 in Ahmedabad.

    SOURCE: AFP


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