Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams is the new director of cricket at the West Indies Cricket Board. The stylish left-handed batsman has replaced Richard Pybus, who opted to not renew his contract after serving in the role for three years.
Adams had stepped down as the head coach of England county team Kent last year after having taken up the role in 2012. Reportedly, the 49-year-old had applied for the vacant head coach position of the West Indies, but was asked to take up the role of the director of cricket instead.
Phil Simmons was sacked as the coach last year as he had quite a few run-ins with the board during his tenure. In mid-2016, he was suspended by WICB for making public comments on the team selection but was later allowed back as both parties resolved the matter amicably.
WICB released a statement regarding Adams’ appointment, “Jimmy thinks the timing is right for his new role with the WICB.” Jimmy commented by saying, “I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies.”
Pybus said that the Jamaican was well suited to take over the role. Interestingly, Pybus was part of the selection panel that picked Adams. “I look forward to Jimmy bringing the breadth of his international experience and knowledge of cricket in the Caribbean to continue the work of rebuilding West Indies Cricket,” Pybus said in the release.
“It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World Cup’s success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level,” added Pybus.