Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has lamented the snubbing of fellow West Indies icon, Desmond Haynes, for the post of men’s head coach, and says it is unfortunate that great former players continued to be ignored for the position.
Speaking in the wake of the controversial appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus, Lloyd said cricket West Indies had tried foreign coaches over the years without much success, and needed to tap into the talents of homegrown stars.
Lloyd said he would like to see Greenidge, and Desmond Haynes for example be given a chance to take up the coaching mantle of the regional team given their experience in the game.
Haynes was one of several regional coaches identified by director of cricket, jimmy Adams, to fill the post left vacant by the resignation of Australian Stuart law.
The 62-year-old Barbadian, who played 116 tests and 238 ODI, worked with the ‘Windies side as a batting consultant eight years ago in a short stint.
However, Haynes was overlooked for the vacant head coach position in favor of South African Nic Pothas, who had also been shortlisted, before Pybus – who was not among the shortlisted group – was controversially approved by cricket West Indies.
Meanwhile, well-respected CWI director, Enoch Lewis, lambasted the decision to appoint Pybus, accusing President Dave Cameron of “hand-picking” the high performance director, when he had not even applied for the position.
Lloyd, a former ‘Windies manager and chief selector, said West Indies cricket was suffering from a lack of strategic planning.