David Lloyd ejection: Lancashire County Cricket Club apologises

David Lloyd David Lloyd captained Lancashire from 1973 to 1977

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Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) has said sorry for ejecting one of its most famous players from its Members' Bar.

David Lloyd, who was at England's Twenty20 international against India at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, was challenged by stewards who failed to recognise him.

The former England coach - an LCCC life member - was then forcibly removed.

Lancashire has apologised for causing "embarrassment to David and the club".

Mr Lloyd, 64, who was at the match as part of the Sky Sports commentary team, had just entered the Members' Bar when he was stopped by stewards working for security firm G4S.

A LCCC spokesman confirmed that Mr Lloyd was then forcibly removed.

'No excuses'

"There had been a good deal of sensitivity about security for players in the last 12 months and particularly around the Indian team.

However the spokesman added: "There are no excuses for what happened.

"Sadly, common sense didn't prevail which unfortunately caused embarrassment to David and to the club.

"We have personally met with David to apologise and we are already thoroughly investigating the incident with the individuals concerned."

Mr Lloyd - known affectionately in the world of cricket as "Bumble" - captained Lancashire from 1973 to 1977.

In a playing career which spanned 20 years, he competed for England in nine Tests and eight one-day internationals.

A left-handed batsman and left-arm spin bowler, he scored nearly 27,000 first class runs and took 276 wickets.

Following his retirement, he became a first class umpire and later Lancashire and England cricket coach.

Mr Lloyd was not available for comment.

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