In a very calculative strategic move right before seven weeks of the beginning of ICC World Cup campaign, West Indies have sacked head coach Richard Pybus in order to bring new administrative changes. Windies have announced Floyd Reifer as their interim coach after replacing 54-year-old Englishman.
While calling the changes necessary the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Ricky Skerritt said,”up to the end of 2018 Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach. Reifer displayed this by leading the West Indies A team successfully, including victories against the England Lions, and ended the past year by coaching the Senior men’s team to a T20 series win in Bangladesh”.
Pybus led the Windies squad and turned their fortunes in an exciting Test match against England. The squad defeated the top-ranked team with 2-1 clinical win in the Test series and also finished-off the One Day International matches against the team with 2-2 draw.
The blooming disputes between the officials of Cricket West Indies (CWI) and players were weakening the team spirit among the cricketers from many years but the current administrative changes could give new hopes to star cricketers including Keiron Pollard to return in the ODI format after 2016.
Sacking Pybus in not the only change in the management as CWI also replaced Courtney Browne who was the interim head of selectors for West Indies. The 54-year-old Robert Haynes has been appointed as the new head of selectors. Skerritt has terminated all the old selection policies in order to reignite the enthusiasm among the cricketers ahead of biggest cricket carnival World Cup 2019.
Former Champions West Indies will start their World Cup Campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge Stadium, Nottingham.