Lloyd impressed with Regional U-19s

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - The new convenor of the West Indies selection panel was recently in Guyana observing proceedings in the just concluded Regional Under-19 tournaments and has remarked that he is pleased with what he has seen.

Speaking to commentator Ian Bishop during the match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors on Thursday, Lloyd said he was quite interested in watching the Under-19s because they are the other set of players that will represent the West Indies and that he was quite impressed.

“There were quite a few players that I saw and we have contracts coming out and I am sure that some of them would have earned one or two.”

Lloyd had recently indicated that youth development will be his primary focus in helping revive West Indies cricket. He had that in order to ensure West Indies’ ascension in the ICC Test rankings, emphasis must be placed on honing the potential of youngsters at the regional under-19 level, something he felt was undervalued in the past.

“I think it Is important because you want to pick the right people and not to say that others weren’t doing so but looking at the Under-19s, I think we have a lot of talent around, it is just about harnessing that talent and getting them to that situation where they could perform well at the highest level,” the legendary former West Indies captain told Bishop.

There were a number of outstanding performances in the recent U-19 tournaments especially in the Guyana team that ended up as champions of both the Three-day and One Day competitions.

Guyana and West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer carted off the bulk of the individual awards having dominated the tournament with the bat.

The Berbician left-hander racked up 321 runs in six innings, the most by a single batsman. He was also rewarded for the highest individual score (123), as well as the being adjudged the Most Valuable Player.

Akeel Seetal of Trinidad and Tobago was the highest wicket-taker while Romaine Morris of Jamaica was the wicket-keeper with the most dismissals.

Guyana’s Kemo Paul was also superb with bat and ball while batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul was also impressive.

Speaking to cricinfo recently, Lloyd also stressed that West Indies needed to be more formidable and mentally stronger to regain respectability in Tests. West Indies are currently ranked eighth in the ICC Test rankings and have not won a series against a top-eight side since August 2012.

Following his retirement from playing the game after a career that included 110 Tests and 87 One-day Internationals between 1966 and 1985, Lloyd has served West Indies and international cricket in various ways.

He has been a West Indies coach, manager and board director, and currently serves on the WICB’s debriefing panel which assesses team performances following series and tours.

He has also served the International Cricket Council, the sport’s World governing body, as a match referee and head of its cricket committee.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 05:16