Lloyd wants batsmen to display more intelligence
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Convenor of the new West Indies selection panel, Clive Lloyd, believes the thinking of batsmen will need to improve if the regional team is to regain its place in world cricket.
Speaking days after it was officially announced that he would occupy the post of the six-member panel for the next two years, Lloyd said it's his belief that the region still has an abundance of talent.
However, he says unless players can properly study and analyse batting situations then positive results will continue to prove elusive.
"If you notice almost every time there is a close game we get beaten," said Lloyd.
"Our thinking has got to be a lot better and we are hoping to inject this into our play and into the young players that are coming through.
"We have some good bowlers around the place, but our batting has not been up to par, especially in Test cricket," said Lloyd.
"I want to see people bat ugly. It's not everyday that you are going to be able to drive it around.
"You've got to be able to battle your way out of situations."
Lloyd, who captained the West Indies to double-winning World Cup success in the late 1970s, also explained his mantra of getting batsmen to "love to bat" for long periods.
"We should not be bowled out in two sessions in a Test match, or be beaten in two and half days in a Test match. I think we are much better than that," he said.
The 69-year-old Lloyd, who will have Courtney Walsh, Eldine Baptiste, Courtney Browne and West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, as voting panel members, also hopes to leave a lasting impression in what could be his last role for the West Indies.
"This is probably my last innings and I hope to get West Indies cricket back on top," said Lloyd.
The selection panel is completed by captains of the respective West Indies Test, one-day and Twenty20 teams.
Lloyd, whose first job was to select the recent West Indies one-day team for the upcoming Bangladesh home series, said he wanted "to thank the outgoing selectors for what they did".
"It is not an easy job and I was chairman of cricket when they were selected," he said.
The outgoing selectors are Clyde Butts and Robert Haynes. The two were part of the previous three-man panel, with Browne being the other member.