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Hope ‘better served’ in ‘A’ team

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Legendary former captain Clive Lloyd has highlighted the need for an ongoing “A” team programme and believes this was the best recourse for out-of-form right-hander Shai Hope, instead of simply being dropped from the Test side.

The 76-year-old Lloyd, also a former West Indies chief selector and team manager, said the recently acquired Coolidge Cricket Ground should also be established as an academy-like training centre, with amenities and coaches, and used to facilitate players like Hope who are struggling at the highest level.

Lloyd, who oversaw Hope’s elevation to the Test side five years ago, also warned against the 26-year-old playing Twenty20 cricket as it was proving detrimental to his development.

“If we had an “A” team, we should have given him a chance to go and get his form back and I think this T20 is not for Shai Hope – [he’s] going to get into bad habits. He should not be playing in that T20, it’s destroying his cricket,” Lloyd said recently. (CMC)

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