David Lloyd announces retirement from cricket commentary
In a statement on social media, Lloyd wrote: "After 22 wonderful years at Sky Cricket, I have decided that now is the time to pass the mic."
74-year-old Lloyd has been a prominent voice in Sky Sports cricket coverage since joining the team in 1999.
He commented on significant events such as August 15th. by Stuart Broad in the 2015 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge when England beat Australia for 60 on the first morning.
In a statement on social media, Lloyd wrote: “After 22 wonderful years at Sky Cricket, I've decided that now is the time to pass the mic.
"It has been a huge privilege to try and bring the sport I love to people's homes across the country.
"There are so many wonderful memories, so many great games and incredible achievements. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world sharing ashes of ups and downs, World Cup wins and losses, heroism and heartbreak with all of you." He said it was "a real highlight" to share a 2013 comment box with broadcast hero Bill Lawry in Australia.
Lloyd is known for adding an element of humor to his comments in addition to his extensive knowledge of the game on the T20 World Cup Final. “It has been a great pleasure to work with Ian Bishop, Ravi Shastri, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock and Ian Smith, among many others,” he added.
Lloyd said colleague Bob Willis' death in 2019 played a role in his decision, along with Michael Holding's recent retirement and Sky's decision to release David Gower and Ian Botham.
"After the death of Bob Willis and the decision of my good friends David Gower, Ian Botham and, more recently, Michael Holding, the comment box feels a little emptier. So I think it's time I did the same." and move on to the next chapter.
"I'm leaving the Sky-Box in incredibly capable hands, led by my buddies Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Ian Ward and Rob Key. Everyone who follows will appreciate this microphone. Inform and entertain so that the next generation can enjoy this wonderful one Game can fall in love. "
"I'm done with Sweet Caroline now, but with the words of Elton John:" I'm still standing! "Lots of love, Bumble."
Lloyd played nine Tests and eight one-day caps for England between 1973 and 1980. He had a hundred unbeaten in each format, including 214 in just his second Test against India at Edgbaston in July 1974.