The function, in the President’s Suite, will commence at 18h30.
As usual, it will be attended by many cricket dignitaries and ex-players. “Day 2 of the New Year’s test has over the past few years become the Players Day, followed by the Annual Address in the evening, and so far 164 former Western Province, Cape Cobras and SA players have accepted our invitation for this Saturday”, said Prof André Odendaal, successful outgoing CEO of the WPCA.
Prof Odendaal, who oversaw the first instalment of the New Year’s Address at Newlands in 2005 and the first big Player’s Day in 2012, said, “We hope we have started a special Newlands tradition of acknowledging those who went before, which also helps to build unity as we go forward.”
Odendaal said the New Year’s address was inspired by the Colin Cowdrey Lecture held at Lord’s every summer since 2005. It is supported by the City of Cape Town as part of the local New Year celebrations.
“The idea of the New Year’s Address is to invite a figure of international standing in cricket to speak on a issues of importance to the game on the occasion of the annual Test, which is the highlight of the calendar at Newlands,” said Odendaal.
“In this way we add to broader cricket debates, and the cricket heritage and significance of our world-class stadium is emphasised.
“It is fitting that Sir Clive addresses us. One writer described his invincibles of the 1970 and 1980s as more of a ‘social movement’ than a team and he is one of the most renowned leaders of the global game,” added Odendaal.
Previous speakers have included Gary Kirsten, Ravi Shastri and Jacques Kallis.
During his 110 tests, Lloyd led the West Indies 74 times, winning 36 and only losing 12. His team won a remarkable 14 of 18 series. He also inspired the Windies to their first World Cup trophy in 1975 by scoring a glorious 102 in the final. He was also their captain during the successful title defence in 1979. Lloyd was a superb batsman, averaging 46.67 in 110 tests. He hit 77 sixes during his test career, more than any other player of his time.
The famous author John Arlott said about “Supercat”: “Lloyd’s combination of reach, enormous strength, natural timing and instinctive attacking urge made him one of the most effective and powerful controlled hitters the game has known.” He was also a world-class fielder in the covers. Later the bespectacled captain settled into the slip cordon following problems with his Achilles tendon, where his cat-like reflexes saw him pull of some amazing catches.
Lloyd was an ICC match referee from 2001 to 2006 and he is currently convenor of selectors for the West indies.