Sir Clive Lloyd to receive Order of the Caribbean Community

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Former West Indies Cricket captain, Sir Clive Lloyd will become the fourth West Indies captain to receive the Order of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the highest honour of the regional trading bloc.

The announcement was made during the 46th regular meeting of the Conference of heads of government of CARICOM which was held in Sir Clive’s native Guyana earlier this week.

The 80-year-old, Lloyd, affectionately known as “The Big Cat”, follows in the footsteps of Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards, and Brian Lara, and he will formally receive the honour when the heads of government meet again in July in Grenada.

Sir Clive is widely regarded as one of the greatest captains of all time in the sport, having led the West Indies in three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, winning twice in 1975 and 1979, while losing the 1983 final to India.

He captained West Indies between 1974 and 1985, and he masterminded their rise to become the most successful Test and One-day International teams of the 20th century.

Lloyd was one of the most successful Test captains of all time, leading a team that had 27 matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession; and he was also the first West Indies player to earn 100 international caps.

He scored 7,515 runs at an average of 46.67 in 110 Tests, and 1,977 runs at 39.54 in 87 One Day Internationals.

Lloyd was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009, and he was knighted by the late Queen Elizabeth II four years ago for his contribution to cricket.