Clive Lloyd, the legendary former West Indies captain, has suffered a major setback in his efforts to become the next president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Julian Hunte and Whycliffe Cameron of Jamaica will contest the WICB presidential elections after former Lloyd failed in his nomination bid. To secure a nomination, a candidate needs the backing of two regional boards (who are full members) and Lloyd only had the approval his native Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) before application filing deadline expired on February 22. The elections will be held on March 27.
At least two regional cricket boards refused to second his nomination by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), reports in the region suggest.
Lloyd was nominated by the GCB Thursday ahead of Friday's deadline. However, under election rules, a presidential candidate must also be nominated by a second regional board.
In Jamaica, TV J sports reported that Lloyd has been experiencing difficulties getting that second nomination.
The former West Indies captain was expecting support from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) but on Friday the TTCB appeared to have had a change of heart.
"I have left it to them. If they don't, well that's it. You know I will just leave it as it is. If I cannot get a second nomination I can't say I have not tried to help our cricket and get it back on track," Lloyd told TV J in a telephone interview Friday night.
Reports from Port-of-Spain suggest that the TTCB wants to remain neutral and not openly support any particular candidate in the run up to the WICB elections.
Lloyd had also made attempts to seek a second nomination from another influential regional board.
"I sent something to Barbados," said the former skipper.
"There was a manifesto sent to them and I sincerely hope that they had a look at it and they may think I am the person they should back. If not, back to the old grind again."
Lloyd's previous attempts at a presidential shot were blocked on the grounds that he did not meet the residential requirement since his home was outside the West Indies at that time.
Lloyd was hoping to challenge incumbent president Julian Hunte and vice president Dave Cameroon of Jamaica for the top spot at the March 27 elections in Barbados where fourteen votes will decide the outcome.