West Indian cricketer and captain of the West Indies team (1974–78; 1979–85), renowned as a hard-hitting batsman and for his quiet diplomacy and authority as a leader.
Clive Lloyd was born in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), and was educated at Chatham High School there. When his father, a doctor's chauffeur, died he left school early to support the family, working as a clerk in a hospital. He made his cricketing debut for Guyana in 1963 and played his first test match (against India) in 1966. In 1968 he joined Lancashire, the start of a lengthy relationship during which he captained the county side. He captained the West Indies in a total of 74 tests from 1974 to 1978 and again – despite several knee operations – from 1979 until his retirement in 1985; his side was beaten in only two of his 18 test series. He was manager of the West Indies team that toured Australia (1988–89). Since 1987 he has been a member of the Commission for Racial Equality and has also worked to help the unemployed.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).