Country before self!
That’s what West Indies’ Chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd wants to see from the region’s cricketers going forward.
Speaking at a town-hall meeting hosted by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus last night, the cricket legend lamented the fact that most of the region’s top players were choosing to play in lucrative tournaments such as the IPL, instead of playing in the region’s domestic leagues.
However, he warned money should not be the only deciding factor for our region’s cricketers.
“We have a problem where most of our players, our top players, are leaving to go into the Twenty20 and ignoring our domestic cricket. [But] I want our cricket to be the main course and the IPL to be the snack, but it’s the other way around,” Lloyd admitted.
“So we have a problem. It’s not that we want to stop people from making a living, because it’s obvious that they need to do that. The Australians do it, the New Zealanders do it, but the point is what they do, they don’t play all.
“They go home and play in their cricket because wearing that cap for their country is important. We have to make it important for our young people. Playing for the West Indies must be the most important,” he reiterated.
Lloyd said that while he understood T20 cricket was the rave, and provided cricketers with a substantial amount of money, it paled in comparison to Test cricket.
“To me T20 is an exhibition and Test cricket is the examination. The point is that I do agree that I am not a great fan of T20, but I know that it is giving cricketers a good living…
“But I don’t think that we can promote our young cricketers where the Twenty20 is concerned. You will find out how good you are when you have to play Test cricket and play it a very high level,” he maintained.