Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and fast bowling legend Michael Holding, have blamed both the West Indies Board and the players’ association for the current crisis with the regional team’s dispute over pay.
Lloyd said the leading players have become too greedy for their own good and their performances do not measure up to the ‘obscene’ amount of money they are being paid.
He made the point that some are millionaires after playing a few Test yet only Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan have Test averages better than 15.
Holding said the board is a dysfunctional organisation that needs to realise they are dealing with a modern game and changing times. He said the board’s staff is inept; the directors take up space and are outdated.
Holding also said he is not sure if certain individuals were using the players’ body to actually settle personal scores with the board.
A few years ago the pair were part of the cricket committee of the West Indies board, comprising former greats, formed to help pick West Indies cricket out of the rut it had found itself after the retirement of Viv Richards. Holding later resigned over differences of opinion with the board.