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

Author: bcacricket.org

Date Submitted: 2019-04-11

Keywords: Floyd Reifer, Robert Haynes, Jason Holder, Ricky Skerritt, Jimmy Adams

Region & WICB News - 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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