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Lloyd fully behind CPL


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Lloyd fully behind CPL

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FORMER West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has endorsed the new Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which is scheduled to be played in the six territories from July 29 to August 26.
“It is excellent to hold something of this nature in the Caribbean. Players will benefit, I would think the territorial boards will also benefit,” Lloyd told MIDWEEK?Sport in an interview at the Sandy Lane County Club where the CPL?was launched last Tuesday.
“The public will be quite happy to see international stars playing with our local stars and they could only learn from watching and playing with them. I think all-round, it is a very good effort,” said Lloyd, who scored 7 515 runs in 110 Tests at an average of 46.67.
Lloyd, who led the West Indies to the title in the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, said it would’ve been nice to have T20 cricket during the late 1970s and 1980s when the Caribbean cricketers dominated world cricket.
“It would be interesting especially bowling at the end, with people like (Joel) Garner, Malcolm, (Andy) Roberts, (Michael) Holding and those guys. It would be interesting to see how the players would have adjusted to guys with that pace, who swing it too,” he said.
While lauding the West Indies for their World T20 triumph in Sri Lanka last October, the 68-year-old Lloyd said he was disappointed with the results in the recent five-match One-Day International series against Australia.
 “We just went to Australia and we didn’t do that well, losing 5-0. People were expecting a lot more from us because they know the talent we have but it seems that the opposition are working towards how to get our players out, how to make us struggle and we are still not embracing technology to try to see how we can get out of situations,” Lloyd said.
He would also like to see the regional side become a force again in the 50-over format, as well as in Test cricket.
“I think we need to go further up. We want to move further in the 50-overs stakes and the Test matches. The Test matches to me are an examination of your skill,” he said.
“That irks me all the time because we do have talented players and we are still not moving. Our cricketers, you can’t say we are not doing enough going forward. The opposition seems to have more on us where that is concerned,” added Lloyd.
Lloyd also pointed to the West Indies’ inability to convert good positions into victories.
“You can only do that if you are a winner. If you are a winner, you know how to put yourself in a position to win. If you see Sebastien Coe or Steve Ovett running, when it is the bell lap, they are right up there, positioning themselves to win that race. Champions do that. You are always an hour ahead of the game,” Lloyd said.
The West Indies will begin a five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe in Grenada on Friday.

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