Legendary West Indian fast bowler Andy Roberts expressed disappointment after former teammate Clive Lloyd failed to find the required support to be nominated as president of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
"I am not happy with recent developments surrounding the race for president. They (territorial boards) are saying that Lloyd indicated late, but sometimes it is better late than never. Lloyd has a proven track record leading from the front and is a respected figure around the region,” said an upset Roberts.
"He would have been my choice for president, and it is just a pity the territorial boards did not accept his offer," Roberts was quoted as saying by Jamaica Gleaner.
The former West Indian skipper missed out from the nomination by a mere single vote. While board pointed fingers at Lloyd being late, it is said that the he approached Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) for a seconded vote but they refused to back him.
The BCA had hinted that it will support Dr. Julian Hante - the other nominee for the top post, TTCB stated that they wish to be neutral on this issue. The Jamaica Cricket Association and the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control (WICBC), in the meantime, had earlier thrown their support behind incumbent vice-president, Jamaican businessman, Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron.
Llyod who led the West Indies to many international glories has served for International Cricket Council (ICC) in various positions; however, this is the second instance where he has failed to bid for the WICB presidential post. Previously, he failed to meet residency requirements for a candidate.
While Lloyd couldn’t bid for the top post, his former teammate Joel Garner is running for the Vice-presidential seat of WICB against Dominican diplomat Emmanual Nanthan.
The election is scheduled to take place on March 27 in Barbados during the WICB's annual general meeting.
First Published: March 4, 2013, 1:32 pm