|Event:||ICC World Cup 2006/07|
DateLine: 21st April 2007
West Indies cricket icon Clive Lloyd today retired from his job as ICC Match Referee after officiating in 53 Tests and 133 ODIs in that role.
At a special ceremony during the lunch interval of the West Indies versus England Super Eight game at Kensington Oval, Lloyd received a presentation from ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed in recognition of the immense contribution he has made to cricket during his time as referee.
ICC President Percy Sonn commented: "Clive was one of the best loved and most respected players during the height of West Indies cricket in the 1970's and 80's. When he hung up his boots as a player he did not disappear from the game but became a fine administrator with the West Indies Cricket Board and subsequently an excellent ICC Match Referee.
"Just like when he played the game, Clive brought his own integrity and sense of fair play to his role as referee. He had the rare ability to forge good relations with the players and he always managed to retain their respect, which is so vital for match officials. We were very lucky to have him as one of our referees."
"On behalf of the ICC I would like to thank Clive for all his hard work over the years and wish him all the very best for the years to come. I have no doubt that Clive will remain involved in cricket as he still has a huge amount to offer the game through his expertise, experience and passion for this great game."
As a player Lloyd was the first West Indian to reach the 100-Test milestone and as a hard-hitting batsman he scored 7,515 Test runs at an average of 46.67 with a top score of 247 not out.
He is one of the West Indiesí most successful captains in history, having led his country in 74 Test matches with just 12 defeats coming during that time. He was at the helm for one remarkable run of 26 Tests without defeat and 11 successive wins. He was captain for both of the West Indies victories in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975 and 1979.
After finishing playing he has continued to devote himself to the game as an administrator with the West Indies Cricket Board and official and mentor with the West Indies team, as well as one of the most respected ICC match referees, a role he has fulfilled since 1992. In that time he has officiated in 53 Test matches and 133 ODIs, including 17 games during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1996 and 2003.
Speaking at the presentation, Lloyd said: "This is a wonderful gesture by the ICC and I feel proud to have served them for such a long while. We all come to the end eventually and this is my time but it was a pleasure to have been involved with them."
"The transition from player to referee was not that difficult for me because if you believe in discipline itís obvious that you would fit quite easily into the role. I have always felt strongly about discipline in the game."