CWI blanks Desmond Haynes

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has once again blanked legendary opener Desmond Haynes — this time by-passing him for one of the three assistant coach spots for the West Indies team in the current England tour of the Caribbean.

The 62-year-old Barbadian was among an 11-man poll put forward last September by director of cricket Jimmy Adams, from which candidates would be drawn to replace the departing Australian Stuart Law.

But CWI earlier this month controversially appointed Richard Pybus as interim head coach even though the Englishman was not part of the short list.

CWI announced before the start of the first Test between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval, Barbados last week, former West Indies fast bowler, Vasbert Drakes, Usuan Crandon and another Englishmen Toby Radford as the coaching support staff.

Haynes, who in the past served as a batting consultant had publicly stated his desire to return to the West Indies coaching staff and had received the backing of iconic former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd.

Former West Indies batsman Floyd Reifer, who oversaw the regional team’s only series success on the recent Bangladesh tour when he took charge for the Twenty20 phase, was also overlooked along with former Windies senor team bowling coach, Roddy Estwick.

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