Clive Lloyd to be knighted, Buttler awarded MBE
Arise, Sir Clive Lloyd!
Former Lancashire and West Indian batsman Clive Lloyd will receive a knighthood after being recognised in the New Year's Honours list, whilst Jos Buttler has been awarded an MBE for his role as England won the ICC Cricket World Cup this summer.
Lloyd, who is a Vice President at Emirates Old Trafford and was on the Club’s Committee from 1993 until 2012, made a huge contribution to Lancashire’s one-day successes having first signed for the Club in 1968. He went on to win two One-Day League titles in 1969 and 1970 and four Gillette Cups between 1970 and 1975, with a memorable 126 against Warwickshire in the 1972 final at Lord’s.
The left-handed batsman from Guyana played in 110 Tests and 87 One-Day Internationals, captaining the West Indies between 1974-84 having made his Test debut in December 1966 against India. He is one of the most successful Test captains of all time: during his captaincy the side had a run of 27 matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession. In 1971, Lloyd was also named as Wisden’s Cricketer of the Year.
Since retiring as a player, Lloyd has remained heavily involved in the game, managing the West Indies in the late 1990s and has also been an ICC match referee from 2001-2006. In 2009, Lloyd was inducted into the 2009 ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler becomes an MBE, having been the man to guarantee England would lift the trophy for the first time when he gathered Jason Roy's throw and completed the match-winning run-out under extreme pressure in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s. Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss have also been awarded titles for services to cricket following the success of this summer.
Lancashire Chairman David Hodgkiss OBE, commented: “I am absolutely thrilled that Clive has been awarded a knighthood for his extraordinary service to cricket.
“What he achieved for both the West Indies and for Lancashire was outstanding. He was without doubt one of the finest and most entertaining players of his generation.
“He was the focal point of the Lancashire side that was so successful particularly in one-day cricket and will certainly go down as one of the Club’s best ever overseas players.
“He is still a great friend of the Club and we look forward to welcoming him back to Emirates Old Trafford next summer.
“I’d also like to congratulate Jos Buttler on his fine achievements this summer. What he and the England team achieved this summer was something really quite special. He has inspired the next generation and we can’t wait to see him back in a Lancashire shirt in 2020.”
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