Pybus takes over as West Indies coach

Pybus takes over as West Indies coach
Richard Pybus, left, then Bangladesh’s cricket team coach talks to cricketer Tamim Iqbal during a training session ahead of their match against New Zealand in the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
Associated Press / Aijaz Rahi, File

Cricinfo has reported that Englishman Richard Pybus has accepted the job as interim head coach of the West Indies team until the end of the Indian tour of the Caribbean this year.

This means that he will be in charge of the team for the showpiece ODI event, the ICC World Cup in England this year.

This was confirmed by Cricket West Indies (CWI) Johnny Grave, who said that the controversial coach will be in charge of the West Indies team until the end of India’s tour of the Caribbean in September.

Pybus comes in to relieve fielding coach Nic Pothas who held on for the Bangladesh tour after head coach Stuart Law quit in November after a year to take up a four-year contract at Middlesex County Cricket Club, England.

Before his stint with Cricket West Indies (CWI), Pybus coached Pakistan — taking them to the final of the l999 World Cup. He also coached Bangladesh and a few domestic teams around the world, working extensively in South Africa at the franchise level.

His last job with an international team, Bangladesh, ended up lasting only five months after a disagreement over the terms of his contract in 2012.

Last year, he was also short-listed and interviewed for the role of India’s coach.

Pybus’ first assignment with the West Indies is at the end of this month for the tour of England to the Caribbean.

The West Indies will play three Tests, five ODIs and thee Twenty20s starting on Jan. 23.

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