West Indies gets new batting coach Monty Desai ahead of India tour

By December 03, 2019

Cricket West Indies has appointed experienced coach Monty Desai to the post of West Indies Men’s Batting Coach.

Desai, who has agreed to e two-year contract who has worked with several teams at the franchise level as well as with several international teams. He joins the West Indies ahead of the start of the T20 International Series against India, which bowls off on Friday, December 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.

“I have worked with Monty before and he is an excellent coach,” said West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons.

“He has proven he has the ability to get players to improve on their talent and also to perform better in matches. He has a vast knowledge of the game and it is good he is starting here with us in India. I look forward to seeing him work with our batsmen in all formats as we look to get better in all areas.”

Desai said he is eager to get started with the West Indies.

“I am very excited to join a team with such a rich history in the world cricket arena, one that I myself grew up admiring,” he said.

“I am very much looking forward to being part of a journey where I can help to create a winning work environment, learn and embrace a new culture, and build a ‘happy dressing room’ tradition alongside other excellent leaders. I am eager to join forces with Head Coach Phil Simmons and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams and our captains, such that I may contribute in every possible way to the success of our team.”

Desai has worked with Canada, as their Head Coach at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 and Afghanistan as their Batting Coach at the ICC Cricket World Cup qualification tournament in 2018. More recently, he also worked as Batting Coach for the United Arab Emirates at the ICC T20 World Cup qualification event.

The Team Management Unit in India will also include Roddy Estwick as the bowling coach and Rayon Griffith as fielding coach. Experienced strength and conditioning coach Ronald Rogers, has rejoined the team’s medical staff, which also includes physio Denis Byam and massage therapist Zephyrinus Nicholas.

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