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Date Published: 2019-04-11 

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Reifer is West Indies’ new interim head coach, Haynes takes over as chairman of selectors

St. John’s, Antigua, April 11 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Former Barbados and West Indies batsman Floyd Reifer has been appointed as West Indies’ new interim head coach in place of Richard Pybus, while Robert Haynes, a former Jamaica and West Indies One-Day International leg-spinning all-rounder Robert Haynes is the new interim chairman of selectors, taking over from Courtney Browne.

The appointments, which come ahead of the imminent World Cup in England, were announced today at a press conference by new Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt after the Board of Directors’ meeting on April 9. They are part of the “Cricket First” plan to increase the utilisation of regional technical expertise and build international experience for Caribbean coaches. 

 “In my previous role as CWI Independent Director, Floyd Reifer has for some time been identified as the outstanding emerging Caribbean coach. He displayed this recently by leading the West Indies A team to victories against England Lions, the West Indies Senior team to the T20 series win in Bangladesh and his key role in the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners win in the 2018 Super 50 tournament,” Skerritt said.  

“Coaching at any major international tournament is clearly a career defining experience for West Indian coaches and players and we believe it’s strategically more beneficial for a Caribbean coach with the proven skill sets to have this exposure.” 

Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams remarked: “Floyd will have the authority, in close collaboration with myself and CEO Johnny Grave , to recruit a compatible and effective supporting management team. The interim Head Coach will also have selector-status, guaranteeing him a meaningful input into the selection process on which his performance also depends.

“We will then start a comprehensive recruitment/search process for the best available West Indian Head Coach from September 2019, immediately following the home series against India.”

Reifer said: “It is a true privilege to be appointed to this position. I believe that I have the skills, technical abilities and winning mindset to impart on the West Indies team as we look forward to improved and consistent performances, especially as we aspire to win the Cricket World Cup for the third time. I want to help restore pride to our fans here in the Caribbean and around the world. We’re here to win, not just compete.”

Adams said Pybus, who served as interim Head Coach during the recent series against England, will return to his main role as High Performance Director. 

CWI said a new selection policy is being introduced immediately as well as a Task Force to review the current selection system.  

For team selection across all West Indies teams and age groups, the new policy is simply one that "If a player can still get selected for the team, they must be considered". There will be no reason for non-consideration other than form or fitness.

A Selection System Review Task Force, to be chaired by Vice President Dr. Kishore Shallow, will be announced shortly, to comprehensively re-evaluate the selection system. It is expected to introduce global best practices to the selection system and result in closer alignment with the multiple formats and modernization of the game, including paying special attention to selection effectiveness for junior and women’s teams.

While this review is undertaken over a three to six-month period, Haynes, who served on the selection panel from 2008-2014, will serve as the interim chairman until the Selection System Review has been completed. He will be assisted in selecting the team for the Irish tour and the World Cup by Reifer and captain Jason Holder.”

“Cricket must always come first. These changes and interim appointments will ensure we bring confidence back to the West Indies selection process for all players and stakeholders, giving us the best chance to strengthen our cricket system and cricket teams. It will also ensure any of our talented player pool have the chance to be selected to represent our great region,” Skerritt said.

With regards to the Selection System Review Task Force, Shallow said: “We believe that maintaining our current system will not advance our teams’ development and progress. Picking a West Indies team is a group decision including selectors, head coach and captain. We want to ensure a standardised approach to all international and regional selection. We will ensure the selection system is comprehensively reviewed and the Task Force will move quickly to make its recommendations.”

Adams said: “Robert Haynes will be in place for three months or until the selection system review is completed. Following this, full-time two-year appointments will be made. The head coach will also have selector status to ensure he or she has meaningful input into the selection process which is such a big factor for team success.”

Haynes outlined the new approach: “We are creating a level playing field for everyone based on form and fitness. We have outstanding talent across the region and consistently selecting our best team possible is paramount for our future success.” 

CWI said the existing selection panel has been relieved of its duties and the individual selectors will be free to apply for future selection panel roles once the review has been completed.

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Historical Batting Stats
Pos. Name (Club) MT I NO R HS AVE 100 50 Division
1. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 7 4 1 72 33 24.00 0 0 2017 Sagicor Twenty20
2. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 6 4 3 49 22* 49.00 0 0 2016 Sagicor Twenty20
3. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 4 7 1 389 156 64.83 2 0 2015 Elite Division
4. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 9 15 3 406 101* 33.88 1 4 2014 Elite Division
5. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 9 12 1 334 57 30.36 0 2 2013 Elite Division
6. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 9 13 1 442 112* 36.83 2 2 2012 Elite Division
7. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 11 17 5 631 173 52.58 1 4 2011 First Division
8. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 3 3 0 100 77 33.33 0 1 2011 Sagicor Cup
9. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 1 1 0 37 37 37.00 0 0 2010 Sagicor Twenty20
10. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 10 13 3 461 111 46.10 1 3 2010 First Division
11. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 4 4 0 177 108 44.25 1 0 2010 Sagicor Cup
12. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 11 15 4 598 143 54.36 1 4 2009 First Division
13. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 3 2 0 9 6 4.50 0 0 2009 Sagicor Twenty20
14. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 9 14 2 657 129 54.75 1 6 2008 First Division
15. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 8 7 3 193 63* 48.25 0 2 2008 Sagicor Cup
16. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 9 14 2 605 106* 50.42 2 3 2007 First Division
17. Floyd L Reifer (UWI) 10 10 2 372 81 46.50 0 3 2007 Sagicor Cup
18. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 4 5 1 226 110* 56.50 1 1 2006 First Division
19. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 2 3 0 100 57 33.33 0 1 2005 First Division
20. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 1 2 0 53 34 26.50 0 0 2004 First Division
21. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 4 5 0 203 159 40.60 1 0 2003 First Division
22. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 4 7 1 231 57 38.50 0 1 2002 First Division
23. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 6 6 0 139 43 23.16 0 0 2001 First Division
24. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 4 4 0 115 56 28.75 0 1 2000 First Division
25. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 10 15 2 609 142 46.34 2 2 1999 First Division
26. Floyd Reifer (Cable & Wireless) 6 9 2 257 117* 36.71 1 0 1998 First Division
27. Floyd Reifer (BET) 9 14 3 634 265* 57.63 2 1 1997 First Division
28. Floyd Reifer (BET) 8 13 6 657 142* 93.86 3 2 1996 First Division
29. Floyd Reifer (BET) 12 17 3 626 86* 44.71 0 6 1995 First Division
30. Floyd Reifer (BET) 13 18 5 662 136 50.92 1 4 1994 First Division
31. Floyd Reifer (BET) 10 17 4 527 120 40.54 1 3 1993 First Division
32. Floyd Reifer (BET) 13 20 2 579 177 32.17 1 2 1992 First Division
33. Floyd Reifer (BET) 11 13 1 250 38 20.83 0 0 1991 First Division
34. Floyd Reifer (Schools North) 13 19 1 490 96 27.22 0 3 1990 First Division
35. Floyd Reifer (Schools North) 7 13 0 160 40 12.30 0 0 1989 First Division
36. Floyd Reifer (Combined Schools) 9 12 1 110 34 10.00 0 0 1988 First Division
37. Floyd Reifer (Combined Schools) 2 2 0 13 13 6.50 0 0 1987 First Division
Historical Bowling Stats
Pos. Name (Club) MT O M R W AVE BB 5W 10W ER Tournament
1. Floyd Reifer (UWI) 9 5.0 0 22 0 0.00 0-22 0 0 4.40 2007 Banks First Division
2. Floyd Reifer (BET) 10 44.3 1 161 6 26.83 2-2 0 0 3.61 1999 First Division
3. Floyd Reifer (BET) 12 7.0 0 52 1 52.00 1-12 0 0 7.43 1995 First Division
4. Floyd Reifer (BET) 13 8.5 1 41 2 20.50 2-14 0 0 4.64 1994 First Division
5. Floyd Reifer (BET) 13 1.0 0 6 0 0.00 0-0 0 0 6.00 1992 First Division
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