Simmons, Haynes, Reifer are in contention for West Indies head coach role

Former West Indies cricketers Desmond Haynes and Phil Simmons have been shortlisted alongside with interim coach Floyd Reifer for the head coach role of the West Indies national team, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has declared on Wednesday.


The three men were shortlisted after six applicants participated in interviews lasting up to 90 minutes directed by a CWI board. There will presently be a series of conclusive meetings, to be finished by October 11.

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CWI Vice-President, Kishore Shallow, who is Chairman of CWI’s Human Resource Committee drove the interview board, which additionally included CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams; CWI Independent Director, Debra Coryat-Patton; CWI HR Manager, Oneka Martin-Bird; and UK based Coaching Educator, Gordon Lord.

“Critical areas talked about [with the candidates] were utilizations of cricket explicit experience, specialized learning, performance planning process, performance estimation, performance driven culture and furthermore CWI’s basic beliefs of energy, responsibility, regard, trustworthiness and team excellence,” an announcement on the CWI site said.

“I am satisfied to see such excellent West Indian ability and involvement in the shortlisted possibility for the Head Coach position. I accept that any of the three finalists would be a superb decision as head coach, and I wish them each accomplishment at the last phase of interviews. In the interest of the Board and all partners, I need to thank the majority of the candidates for approaching to offer their administrations for this significant position of authority. VP Shallow and his exploration and interview group have been most noteworthy with their endeavors to date, and I need to state thank you to them too,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt said.

Floyd Reifer had been appointed as an interim coach just weeks before the World Cup. Under Reifer, West Indies showed average performance in the World Cup with a promising team. On the other hand, Desmond Haynes didn’t have any experience in coaching career. But he has a leadership skill as he has served as Chairman of Selectors of the Barbados Cricket Association, President of Carlton Cricket Club, Secretary of the West Indies Players Association and is currently a Director of the West Indies Cricket Board. He is a former Government Senator and was Chairman of the National Sports Council.

While Phil Simmons had a great experience in coaching career as he already coached Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and West Indies back in 2015. In March 2015, he accepted an offer to coach to take charge of his native West Indies after the conclusion of the 2015 World Cup. In 2016 he led the West Indies team to a historic second T20 world cup victory in India.

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