Cricket West Indies has appointed Floyd Reifer as interim head coach. He will replace Richard Pybus, who was named interim coach in January 2019. Cricket West Indies (CWI) under new president Ricky Skerritt has revealed several reforms for the sport in the Caribbean. Robert Haynes is named as interim head of selectors. Entire selection committee with chief selector Robert Haynes is replaced. These changes reflect the West Indies first initiative of the CWI’s new management. Cricket West Indies has hinted at calling back senior limited overs cricketers with player inclusive policy.
These changes in the cricket setup in West Indies are quite significant with only under two months remaining in the Cricket World Cup 2019. Floyd Reifer was West Indies captain for some time in 2009. He had short coaching stints with West Indies national team and A teams previously.
“Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach. He has 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.”
CWI president Ricky Skerritt revealed reason behind selection panel changes: “We have found it necessary to immediately adjust our selection policy to become more open, inclusive, and player-centric. I am therefore pleased to confirm that we have terminated the old embedded selection policy which secretly, but actively, victimized some players and banished them from selection consideration.”
West Indies are set to tour Ireland in under three weeks for a tri-series ODI tournament including Bangladesh. Caribbean team will use this series for CWC preparation. West Indies will look to boost their side with experienced players to better target the Cricket World Cup title in England and Wales.