"I've decided the time is right to pass on the microphone. It's been an immense privilege to try and bring the sport I love into people's homes. To those that follow, cherish that mic. Inform and entertain so the next generation can fall in love with this wonderful game"
Tuesday 21 December 2021 19:25, UK
David 'Bumble' Lloyd has announced his retirement from Sky Sports after 22 years with the company.
Former England player and coach Lloyd, 74, 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.
Lloyd's humour and knowledge engaged Sky Sports viewers for over two decades.
Last month, Lloyd apologised to former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq after he was accused of making racist comments. He also apologised to Rafiq personally over the phone.
Sky confirmed it would investigate the comments attributed to Lloyd.
Speaking about his retirement, Bumble said: "After 22 wonderful years with Sky Cricket, I've decided the time is now right to pass on the microphone. 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."
Lloyd played nine Tests and eight one-day internationals for England between 1973 and 1980, hitting one hundred in each format, including an unbeaten 214 in just his second Test, against India at Edgbaston in July 1974.
Bumble played all of his domestic cricket for his native Lancashire and went on to coach the Red Rose county in 1993 before taking over as England head coach in 1996.
Lloyd led England until 1999 and then joined Sky Sports.
A Sky Sports Cricket response read: "David 'Bumble' Lloyd has been a star of the Sky Cricket commentary box for over two decades, with an extraordinary ability to inform and entertain in equal measure.
"Bumble also played a huge role helping Sky launch Twenty20, taking cricket to new audiences in 2003 - a format that has changed the sport forever.
"Perhaps his finest hour came during the Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge in 2015 - calling Stuart Broad's amazing performance with perfection.
"A year later he was on lead commentary during an incredible T20 World Cup finale but handed the microphone over to Ian Bishop when it became obvious West Indies were going to win.
"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."
Speaking last month about his apology to Rafiq, Lloyd said: "In October 2020, I had a private message exchange with a third party involved in cricket, about a number of topics.
"In these messages, I referred to allegations about Azeem Rafiq which I had heard from within the game. I also made some comments about the Asian cricket community.
"I deeply regret my actions, and I apologise most sincerely to Azeem and to the Asian cricket community for doing this, and for any offence caused.
"I am strongly committed to making cricket a more inclusive sport. It is very obvious now that more work needs to be done and I will do everything I can to remove discrimination from the sport I love, and the sport that has been my life for over 50 years."
Sky's statement read: "Sky is committed to actively championing inclusion in cricket - and in all sports - and opposing all forms of discrimination.
"We will be investigating the comments attributed to David Lloyd in today's select committee hearing."