West Indies turned to Jimmy Adams, the former batsman, to help rebuild the side as he was named their new director of cricket on Tuesday (January 10) in a three-year deal.
Adams, 49, played 54 Tests and 127 One-Day Internationals, scoring 3012 and 2204 runs respectively. He will be able to draw upon a wealth of experience as he turns his focus to overseeing the development of West Indies cricket at all levels.
“Jimmy will oversee and manage all cricket matters to include development of all teams, all coaching and cricket education and other technical programmes,” the West Indies Cricket Board said in a statement. “He will have the support of an operations department.”
He returned to Jamaica after ending a five-year spell as head coach of English county side Kent last October.
“I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies,” said Adams.
He replaces Richard Pybus, the Englishman, who had been in the position since November 2013. “I look forward to Jimmy bringing the breadth of his international experience and knowledge of cricket in the Caribbean to continue the work of rebuilding West Indies Cricket,” said Pybus. “It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World Cup’s success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level.”
West Indies, however, are still without a head coach after the departure of Phil Simmons in September, just five months after their stunning World T20 triumph. AFP