The West Indies are not showing enough passion for the game, says Clive Lloyd

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“People are being paid pretty well but you must have some love for West Indies cricket”

Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has announced that the national team are not showing enough passion for the game following their poor run of form as of late.

Lloyd’s comments come after the West Indies drew their two-match Twenty20 series with Ireland 1-1.

“We must have our best players playing in cricket – all aspects of our cricket,” he said in an exclusive interview with former West Indies pace bowler Ian Bishop. “You can’t just think that you want all the money. People are being paid pretty well but you must have some love for West Indies cricket. And at the moment I’m not seeing how it could move forward. I would like to see more of a skill set.”

Lloyd also believes that the national team are being outplayed and outmanoeuvred by other nations.

“You look at our players and you are not seeing this extra fight that is needed to compete,” he added. “We don’t seem to be competing against other nations. They seemed to be outmanoeuvring us in all departments of the game, which is unfortunate.

“We still have people here who are interested in the game, people still support cricket and we have to because as West Indians we want our cricket to get back up that hill. But at the moment it is not there. We have one or two good players, no doubt about that, but we are not kicking on.”

Lloyd, who captained the West Indies when they went unbeaten for 27 consecutive matches, added that West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) should make full use of all the legendary players right on their doorstep.

“Look at the Australian backroom staff when they played against England a few weeks ago, all former Test cricketers who have done well, who are now putting something back into the game,” he said. “You have Ambrose, Walsh, Richards, Greenidge, Haynes – these are guys who just finished playing cricket and they want to put something into our game, and I think we should be able to utilise their skills.”

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