David Lloyd retires from Sky Sports after 22 years

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David Lloyd has announced his retirement from Sky Sports after 22 years with the company.

“After 22 wonderful years with Sky Cricket, I’ve decided the time is now right to pass on the microphone,” David said.

“It’s been an immense privilege to try and bring the sport I love into people’s homes up and down the country.

“There are so many wonderful memories, so many terrific games and incredible performances. I’ve been lucky to travel the world sharing Ashes highs and lows, World Cup wins and losses, heroics and heartaches with you all.

“Sharing a commentary box in Australia in 2013 with my broadcasting hero Bill Lawry was a real highlight. It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Ian Bishop, Ravi Shastri, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock and Ian Smith amongst many others.

“With the passing of Bob Willis and after the decision to move on by my good friends David Gower, Ian Botham and more recently Michael Holding, the commentary box feels a little emptier. And so I feel it is time for me to do the same and move on to the next chapter.

“I leave the Sky box in immensely capable hands led by my pals Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Ian Ward and Rob Key. To those that follow, cherish that mic. Inform and entertain so the next generation can fall in love with this wonderful game.

“I’m done now with Sweet Caroline but in the words of Elton John, “I’m still standing!” Much love, Bumble.”

The Former England player and coach became a mainstay of Sky Sports’ cricket coverage after joining the team in 1999, commentating on iconic moments such as Stuart Broad’s 8-15 in the 2015 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge as England bowled Australia out for 60 on the first morning.

‘Bumble’ was the voice of T20 cricket on Sky following the format’s introduction in 2003 and also on commentary, alongside Ian Bishop, when Carlos Brathwaite’s four sixes in a row off Ben Stokes took West Indies to a stunning last-over victory against England in the 2016 T20 World Cup final.

Sky Sports said: “He is much loved and respected by his fellow commentators and production team who cherish the time spent working with him. Thank you Bumble for your service.”

Posted on Tuesday 21 December 2021