Legend gone: West Indies on the hunt for new coach

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The West Indies have acted swiftly to their below-par performance at this year's ICC Women's T20 World Cup by announcing head coach, Caribbean legend and ICC Hall of Fame member Courtney Walsh, will not have his contract renewed.

Walsh took the top job in October of 2020 and led the West Indies to the semi-finals of the 2022 ICC Women's World Cup in New Zealand where they lost to eventual winners Australia.

But results in recent times have not gone to plan for Walsh and the West Indies, with the Caribbean side failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the recent T20 World Cup in South Africa.

The West Indies were beaten by England and India in their opening two matches of the tournament and could only finish third in their group despite ensuing victories against Ireland and Pakistan.

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The disappointing T20 World Cup campaign led to a a review of the senior Women’s team performances and programme, and Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced that Walsh and assistant coaches Robert Samuels and Corey Collymore would not have their contracts renewed.

CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams thanked the trio for the contributions they made and said the recruitment process for a new coach will commence in the coming weeks.

"We are very grateful for the contribution of Courtney and his technical team over the past two and a half years and we wish them all the best going forward," Adams said.

"CWI remains committed to our international women's programme and will now be focusing on recruiting a new Head Coach and technical support team. 

"An interim technical support team will be put in place during the recruitment period."

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The job with the West Indies was Walsh's first major coaching role at international level, although the 60-year-old had previously worked with Bangladesh as their bowling coach and as a talent scout and fast bowling coach in the IPL with Kings XI Punjab.

Walsh is well renowned as one of the best fast bowlers of all time, with the tall right-armer having amassed a total of 519 Test wickets throughout a distinguished international career with the West Indies.


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