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Richard Pybus

Windies appoint Richard Pybus as interim Head Coach in CWC year

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Richard Pybus has been installed as the Head Coach of the Windies on a temporary basis and is set to guide the team during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign.

The Englishman replaces Stuart Law, who resigned from the position in September less than two years into the job after English county side Middlesex offered the Australian a four-year contract.

Pybus was the Director of Cricket for the West Indies from 2013 to 2016 and returned as High-Performance Director in February 2018. Cricket West Indies (CWI) have now confirmed after widespread reports that he will lead the technical team for the upcoming home series against England, the Triangular Series in Ireland, the ICC CWC 2019 and the visit of India in July and August.

Stuart Law (R) recently left West Indies to join county side Middlesex
Stuart Law (R) recently left West Indies to join county side Middlesex

“I am really looking forward to working with Jason [Holder] and the Test and ODI teams, as well as Carlos [Brathwaite] and the T20I team, as we continue to build Windies cricket," Pybus said.

"We've got a great home series against England coming up. England are a high-quality side who will be an excellent test of the team in our home conditions. The CWC is on the region's mind and we will be looking to use the England series and Ireland Triangular to build into that.”

Richard Pybus chats to Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar during a net session at Lord's, May 2001
Richard Pybus chats to Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar during a net session at Lord's, May 2001

Born and raised in north-east England, Pybus played one List A match in 1986 before embarking on a career in coaching. He went on to coach Pakistan, taking them to the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup final, as well as have a five-month stint with Bangladesh in 2012. He has also held positions with a number of domestic teams, including extensive work for South African franchises.

Meanwhile, a CWI statement revealed that “the CWI Board of Directors have already approved a succession planning program for regional coaches and will simultaneously be conducting a regional search in order to appoint a long-term Head Coach for the Windies Men’s team from September 2019 onwards”.

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