WICB fires Ambrose

West Indies’ Chris Gayle, right, listens to team’s bowling coach Curtly Ambrose during a training session ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 2016 match against Sri Lanka in Bangalore, India, Saturday, March 19, 2016.
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West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says he is shocked over his firing as West Indies bowling consultant.

Ambrose, 52, who has served in the role for the past three years, said he had only been informed of the decision by West Indies head coach Phil Simmons a week ago.

He said he had already planned his schedule for the upcoming Tri-Nations Series and four-Test Indian series starting in July.

Last week, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Ambrose would be replaced by former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler, Roddy Estwick, who was recently the bowling coach for Barbados.

The move came just about a few weeks prior to the start of the June 3–26 Tri-Nations Series, involving Australia and South Africa and about a month after the Antiguan helped guide West Indies to their second capture of the Twenty20 World Cup title in India.

The Tri-nation series will be played under lights.

Sir Curtly said he had been told by Simmons that he required a bowling consultant who was “more technical,” hence the decision to go with Estwick.

Sir Curtly is widely regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers to have played the game, taking 405 wickets in 98 Tests at an average of 20.09.

Estwick has to his credit national coach of the year in Barbados in 2005 and 2011.

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