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Senior Speech Day 2016- Clive Lloyd CBE

Last Wednesday saw the most prestigious event in the school’s calendar – Senior Speech Day. The evening provided the perfect platform for the school to celebrate and congratulate their students on their successes at GCSE and A-Level. We were very fortunate to have Clive Lloyd CBE, the former West Indian cricket captain and national selector to speak as part of the evening’s proceedings. He gave an interesting insight into the world of international cricket from the time of his playing days through to the present day.
Lloyd is undoubtedly one of the most high-profile speakers that Chis and Sid has hosted for quite some time.
It is widely known that there is a correlation between academic success and high levels of health and wellbeing; both of which are given the upmost importance at Chis and Sid. During his interview, Lloyd promoted the idea of playing team sports “because it gives you that sense of teamwork and working situations out”. In a day where competition for university places and jobs continues to rise, making students ‘all-rounders’ is something that is vital to the future success of our current students.
Ever since the latter half of the 1990s, West Indies cricket has been on the decline, and the former captain who retired in 1985 said that he thought this was down to complacency, a lack of dedication and the appeal of other sports such as football and athletics.
We live in an age where sadly, money talks. Salaries from lucrative franchises are attractive for young West Indian players and this has drawn players to foreign competitions instead of representing their country. This is a problem that we are starting to see here in the UK in rugby: some players make the decision to play domestically in France, which means they will not be selected to play for England. Lloyd also said the attraction of other sports such as football and athletics which have strong links to the financially strong United States are more profitable for the young and upcoming sportsmen and women of the Caribbean. It may be that the rapidly rising cricket programmes in the USA spark a rejuvenation in West Indies cricket due to greater funding, or indeed it could lure players to the US and spark a further decline in the Caribbean; only time will tell.
Undeniably, the West Indies have produced some of the finest players the game has ever seen. Going back to the 1950s and 60s they had Frank Worrell and Sir Garfield Sobers, with Sobers widely regarded as the best ever. The 70s saw the rise of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and the infamous opening partnership of Greenidge and Haynes. During the 80s, Sir Vivian Richards took the world by storm, and along with many experienced players they won the inaugural world cup in 1975 and then retained it in 1979, with both triumphs coming during the captaincy reign of Lloyd, who scored a century in the inaugural final. That said, their greatest triumph is widely regarded as their run of 27 test matches without a defeat.
It is widely thought that politics and sport should never mix, but West Indies cricket has been plagued by politics over the years. Despite this, Lloyd made the point that cricket is the only unifying factor across all of the Caribbean. In all other sports, the Caribbean islands compete as their own nation and only in cricket do the islands combine as the ‘West Indies’.
Since Lloyd retired in 1985, such success became less frequent and the West Indies have not won the Cricket World Cup since. The 1990s became the swansong era for West Indian dominance though, and the Lloyd legacy began to run out.
A historic figure within sport and a well-known face off it, Lloyd will forever be a legend of the game of cricket. Staff, students and parents are incredibly grateful to have heard the story of West Indies cricket through the words of such an intriguing and successful man, who was at the heart of one of the greatest sports teams of all time.
Reporting by Liam Buttery