Skerritt win could mean kaput for Pybus experiment

By April 06, 2019
West Indies head coach Richard Pybus during a net session at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on January 29, 2019 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. West Indies head coach Richard Pybus during a net session at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on January 29, 2019 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.

Despite early successes at the helm of the Windies, interim head coach Richard Pybus, could face one of the falling axes from a new administration, led by president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Ricky Skerritt. 

Pybus oversaw a rare Test series win for the Windies over England in the Caribbean just three months ago and drew a One Day International Series with the world’s best to boot.

However, Skerritt, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, said there would be a cricket review that will include issues surrounding Pybus.

Pybus’ appointment, Skerrit said, was a ‘vexatious’ issue because the former director of cricket for the CWI, was not from the region.

"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,” said the new president.

“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," he said.

The idea of ensuring regional people are behind the Windies, could also mean curtains for assistant coach, former Pakistani spin-bowling whiz Mushtaq Ahmed, though there has been no mention of him, in particular.

But Pybus’ appointment as Windies coach, though on an interim basis, had other controversies aligned with it. As director of cricket from 2013-2016, Pybus was responsible for policy that made participation in West Indies domestic cricket mandatory for international selection.

The decision sparked an exodus of much of the talent in the West Indies with players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo, being left out of the Test and ODI teams in particular because they chose to play in T20 leagues around the world that took place in conflict with the timing of the regional 4-day and one day competitions.

“A cricket review is underway, Skerritt had said.

“Announcements will be made following our board meeting on Tuesday,” he added.

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