Clive Lloyd hoped that the damage done by the West Indies team is repairable © Getty Images
Clive Lloyd hoped that the damage done by the West Indies team is repairable © Getty Images

Oct 18, 2014

Former West Indian captain Clive Lloyd on Saturday apologised for the West Indies team abandoning the ongoing tour of India. Lloyd said that it was a mistake that some guys suddenly decided to call off the tour. Lloyd made the statement at the Salaam Cricket conference organised by Aaj Tak-Headlines Today.

“I want to talk about the West Indies. I apologise for the team leaving. We have great affinity with India and its people. We have many great players starting their careers here in India. Some guys decided to stop this tour and I think it is a mistake. I do hope that the closeness between the Indians and the West Indians remain as it has been there. I did not want it to end like this, we have great love with Indian people and I don’t think there is a better place for playing cricket. It’s unfortunate we left, and I hope the damage is not irreparable,” said Lloyd.

Earlier, former player Michael Holding stood behind the West Indies team saying that it’s the fault of the administration. the West Indian team had decided to call off the tour owing to the pay dispute between the players and administration.

Due to the sudden pull-out, an upset Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has warned the West Indies Cricket Board of dire consequences. In the mean while, the board set-up an arrangement with Sri Lanka Cricket for five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) starting November 1.

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