Head coach of the newly formed West Indies Emerging Players squad Floyd Reifer insists the primary focus of taking part in the upcoming Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup is primarily about developing talent and not winning.

The former Windies interim coach has been given the task of honing the talent of players who might miss out on a spot in the various franchises due to heated competition for places.  Reifer is confident that there is plenty of talent to work with.  He also previously served as head coach of the Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners.

“I expect to see some good performances from the players. It’s a very young side that we have put together. There is a lot of talent in the squad, so I am eager and looking forward to working with the players. I want to see them put their energies into the tournament and winning a few games, but for me, it’s about developing the talent that is there and making sure that at the end of the tournament there is some form of improvement, individually and as a team,” Reifer said.

“I think it is a balanced squad. We also have a few players in the squad that will be preparing for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 South Africa, so they will be looking to have a good outing in the tournament,” he added.

“We have some young players in the squad in the fast bowling department, so the bowling attack looks promising. In terms of the batting, I have not seen many of the players previously, but I am ready and willing to work with them and see what they have to offer.”

The Emerging Players squad have been pooled with last year’s losing finalists Guyana Jaguars, as well as hosts and 11-time champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, recent winners Windward Islands Volcanoes and the United States for Group “B” matches which will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval and Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad for this year’s Super50 Cup.

 

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 Windies interim coach Floyd Reifer believes it is crucial for the team to learn to dig deeper during its spells at the crease if they are to avoid a whitewash against world number one ranked India in the ongoing Test series.

The regional team found itself on the wrong end of a massive 318 runs defeat in the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.  The match, perhaps worryingly for the hosts featured and astounding second innings collapse that saw India pacer Jaspit Bumrah claim 5 for 7 as the team collapsed for 100.  On that occasion, the team’s top five batsmen combined for a total of 13 runs.

“We have to do a better job of understanding situations and fight harder through the tough spells. We have to help each other at the crease and dig deeper because this India side is a good one, so we have to improve in all areas, especially our batting,” said Reifer.

 “We have to keep working hard. We have to see off the new ball and build partnerships, and those guys that get starts have to go on to make hundreds. Once we score runs, it will put us in a position to win the game,” he added.

The Windies will play India in the second Test at Sabina Park on Friday.

While Windies skipper Jason Holder has voiced extreme disappointment after his side lost the second One Day International to India by 59 runs, the team’s coach believes the result is something to learn from.

“We had the game in our hand. We bowled well to come back in the end,” said Holder after his team restricted India to 279 despite Virat Kohli’s majestic 120 and Shreyas Iyer’s 71.

In response, the West Indies were coasting along at 179 for four when Nicholas Pooran (42), got out. Earlier, opener Evin Lewis had scored 65 to take the score to 148 for four, but there was an almost inexplicable collapse that cost the West Indies.

“The wickets in the end really cost us. We've got to take responsibility. One of the main things is when you get in, you've got to go deep. I must commend the bowlers. It was very hot and humid, tough conditions to bowl. We've definitely got to take responsibility and ownership as batters,” said Holder.

While in agreement with Holder, West Indies coach, Floyd Reifer, did not express the same disappointment as his skipper, saying the team was showing signs of improvement despite the poor results.

"It's not an uphill task. We're building ourselves again and when you're building your side you get speed bumps along the way. It's [about] how you bounce back from those speed bumps,” said Reifer.

“Very disappointed,” was Holder’s reaction and while Reifer hasn’t voiced the same sentiment, he did single out the batters for being too inconsistent.

"We got to continue to learn from this experience. Guys in the middle-order got to show a little bit more fight, a bit more grit and more determination to build those longer partnerships. Again, we were in front of the game today and we just found a way to give away our wickets. It's just a matter for us now to learn from our mistakes, dig deeper and work harder from the stressful positions we put ourselves in."

Windies legend Desmond Haynes has accused Cricket West Indies (CWI) of turning a cold shoulder to his aspirations of joining the regional cricket team’s coaching staff.

Haynes, once part of the most successful opening duo in West Indies cricket history, has expressed an interest in serving the regional team in the capacity of coach for the last couple of years. 

Despite receiving ringing endorsements from several former legends, Haynes was first overlooked under the Dave Cameron administration when Cricket West Indies (CWI) appointed Richard Pybus.  Under the new Ricky Skerrit-led association, which later pledged to use regional talent to fill vacancies, he was again overlooked as Floyd Reifer was named interim coach heading into the ICC World Cup.

“I would do everything in my power to assist West Indies cricket. I have sent in an application, I haven’t got a reply. So I don’t believe West Indies cricket is interested in me,” Haynes said in a recent interview with Wisden Cricket.

“I sent in an application and the CEO said he’d pass it onto Jimmy Adams [West Indies’ director of cricket]. So nothing’s happening. It’s that lack of respect – I think I deserve a reply just saying, ‘Desmond, we’re working on it’,” he added.

“It got to a stage where I sent an application in February and they name an interim coach in Reifer; they’re preparing for the World Cup and they get [Ramnaresh] Sarwan to help with the batting. They’re obviously sending a message that they definitely don’t want me around West Indies cricket.”

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer believes the return of experienced players to the regional squad has provided a major boost ahead of the start of the T20 series against India.

The Windies will face India in three T20 matches, the first beginning at the Central Broward Regional Park on Saturday.  Ahead of the tournament, the Windies announced the return of top T20 players Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard. 

Despite being one of the world’s best bowler Narine has not played for the regional team since 2017, with Pollard last appearing for the regional team in the shortest format last year.  

“We have players like (Kieron) Pollard and (Sunil) Narine making a return to the team as well as the captain Carlos Brathwaite and they have a lot of experience at this level and in this format,” Reifer said.

“The team is young, and we like to mix the experienced players with the youth. We have a very good blend. We are looking forward to the matches here in Florida. It should be a very exciting weekend, with lots of entertainment for the fans,” he added.

The team will also include the likes of spinner Khary Pierre who made his debut with the team in India last year.  Wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble is also in the squad for the three-match series.

 

 

  

 

Windies interim coach Floyd Reifer has hopes of retaining the post full time, despite somewhat of a disappointing ICC World Cup for the regional team.

The 46-year-old former batsman landed the position just ahead of the tournament, after a newly appointed Cricket West Indies (CWI) board removed another interim coach, Richard Pybus, from the position.

Although they were listed as darkhorses of sorts by some fans and a few pundits, they failed to deliver, leaving the tournament with just two wins and sitting second to last on the points table.

 The team started positively with a big win over Pakistan but went on to lose to Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka, before securing a win against Afghanistan.  Despite the results, however, Reifer believes there were plenty of positives to take from the event.

 “I've learned a lot as a coach working with the guys. This is my first World Cup as well. I've interacted with some of the coaches from the other teams, and I've written down a lot of stuff,” Reifer said.

“I have to do a lot of reflection as well, and [I have to] keep planning and keep building on the positives. I just want to thank the coaching staff for giving me the full support, the players for giving me the full support as well,” he added.

“It's disappointing for us not getting into the final four and pushing towards the World Cup final. The positive is that we played decent cricket and got ourselves in position to win a lot of games and found a way to lose. We got to improve on the small areas, and on the small things that we need to get over the line.”

West Indies interim coach Floyd Reifer has called on the team to play for pride as it closes out its remaining ICC World Cup fixtures against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

The Windies were officially eliminated from the tournament following an embarrassing 125 runs loss to India on Thursday.  It was, however, far from the team’s only disappointing result.

After a solid start against Pakistan, the Windies went on to suffer losses to Australia, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand and India.  The contest against England and Bangladesh also proved to be lopsided with 7 and 8 wicket losses.

With two fixtures remaining in an ultimately disappointing tournament, Reifer hopes the team will finish strong.

"We had some frank discussions about the World Cup that we've had and we'll try to finish the tournament as a strong unit now," he said. "We are still playing for pride, we know that ... people back home in the Caribbean are backing us and we are representing them here. "This is about our journey, there is cricket after this World Cup and we need to find that winning formula and culture again,” he added.

“The guys bowled well against India and the fielding was much improved but it's about getting all three departments working together to win cricket games.”

 

 

The Windies have a plan to manage the workload of Andre Russell at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales next month. 

Former Windies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan said he is excited about working with the Windies senior team ahead of next month’s Tri-Nations One-day International Series in Ireland and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

The Windies cricket team selected for the upcoming tri-series against Ireland and Bangladesh next month met with the new coaching staff led by Floyd Reifer on Monday.

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