Associated Press / Matt Dunham
Legendary former West Indies Captain, Clive Lloyd has called for a complete overhaul of the women’s game to set them back on the rise to the top of world cricket.
Lloyd was offering his recommendation on the Mason & Guest Show on the Voice of Barbados radio station recently.
The West Indies women suffered a whitewash at the hand of hosts England in their Vitality T20 International series, losing a rain-reduced final match by three wickets.
The decline in the West Indies women’s performances has been precipitous since they last won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2016.
Lloyd said all-rounder Deandra Dottin needed a more reliable opening partner and the WI women needed to be more selective in their shot-making.
He noted that the overall situation surrounding regional women’s cricket must be seriously considered and advocated for the inclusion of the Caribbean Women cricketers into the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Academy.
Lloyd said these young female cricketers have got to be in the academy so that they can learn the rudiments of the game and they have people teaching them how to approach batting and bowling, fielding and fitness.
He added that the fitness levels of both the male and female cricketers must be increased.
Lloyd also suggested that the CWI needs to engage more top former West Indies cricketers at the levels of the Board to guide the direction of the Caribbean game, following the models adopted by the cricket boards of Australia, England and India where top former players are part of the mix-up.