Richard Pybus to lose Windies head coach job ahead of the 2019 WC
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Richard Pybus Likely to Lose Windies Head Coach Job Ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019

Richard Pybus, Reifer
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Windies head coach Richard Pybus is likely to be removed after completing tenure of little over three months with the Caribbean team. Under his tutelage, the Caribbean team has not only improved, but they had challenged a high-quality team like Three Lions in every aspect ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.

Pybus has recently supervised the home-bound Test series against England. Interestingly, hosts won the three-match Test series 2-1.

Apart from the traditional format, Pybus saw the Windies equalling 2-2 five-match ODI series against the number-one ranked ODI team; England.

Richard Pybus, Windies, Head Coach,
Pybus also had a coaching stint with Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the meantime, owing to the temporary basis, Pybus’ contract was signed until the culmination of the twelfth edition of the World Cup. The quadrennial event will commence from May 30 in London.

However, the newly-appointed CWI president Ricky Skerritt will supervise a meeting, next week. The boarding meeting has set its focus on an assessment of the coaching formation.

“A cricket review process is underway. Announcements will be made following our board meeting on Tuesday,” Skerritt told ESPNcricinfo.

Pybus succeeded Stuart Law, who stepped down from the top-brass post in September 2018, to nurse the English County team Middlesex.

Earlier, in January Windies board had named Pybus as an interim chief coach for the ICC World Cup 2019.

“That [Pybus being appointed as interim coach] has been a vexatious sort of issue,” Skerritt said.

Earlier, the Leewards Island Cricket Board (LICB) has raised questions over the appointment of Pybus. The Leewards believed the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has been handpicked Pybus with the influence of its former president Dave Cameron.

Richard Pybus, Windies, Head Coach, Dave Cameron
Cameron lost his place. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As Cameron’s term of six years has come to an end, Skerritt is aiming to overhaul the Windies cricket.

Skerritt has also served as a team manager for the Windies.

He is keen to introduce the country’s experience rather than relying on overseas coaches.

“I have to tell you that we believe very strongly in localising the expertise that we put behind our teams and we believe only in bringing in non-Caribbean expertise only where it is not available across the region. We want to be sure that the team does well at all times with the possible resources but we also have to make sure that they have a Caribbean support team around them,” Skerritt inferred.

Between 2013 and 2016, Pybus has served as the Director of Cricket for the Windies. In February 2018, he further became the high-performance director before shouldering the responsibility as a chief coach.

While a focus on the domestic fold, many termed Pybus’ role ‘divisive’ as a director. During his tenure, he made local competition compulsory for the senior players for their selection across formats. But this led to the protest from players who preferred to play for distinct Twenty20 leagues across the globe.

On the other side, former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who’s serving Windies as an assistant coach will have his agreement ended, according to the reports carried by ESPNcricinfo.
The Pakistan veteran joined Windies in October 2018 as a coach.

Windies will open their World Cup campaign on May 31st against Pakistan at the Trent Bridge.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor