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Posted: Thursday 3 October, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Three former WI players contend for Head Coach position

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – CRICKET WEST INDIES (CWI) has further whittled down its list of prospective candidates for the post of Head Coach of the senior men’s team to three.


    Last month, the regional Board had indicated that from a list of 30 candidates there were six shortlisted for an interview.

    However, in a statement yesterday (Oct. 2), the Board informed that Desmond Haynes and Floyd Reifer and Phil Simmons are the three candidates who had progressed from the stage of initial interview, which was concluded on October 1, 2019.

    According to CWI, the six candidates participated in individual interviews lasting up to 90 minutes with the organisation’s interview panel. 

    During the interviews, areas discussed were applications of cricket specific experience; technical knowledge, performance planning process; performance measurement; performance-driven culture; and CWI’s core values of passion, accountability, respect, integrity and team excellence. 

    CWI President Richard ‘Ricky’ Skerritt said he is pleased to see the high quality of West Indian talent and experience in the shortlisted candidates for the Head Coach position.

    “I believe that any one of the three finalists would be an excellent choice as Head Coach, and I wish them every success at the final stage of interviews. 

    “On behalf of the Board and all stakeholders, I want to thank all of the applicants for coming forward to offer their services for this important leadership role. Vice President Shallow and his research and interview team have been most impressive with their efforts to date, and I want to say thank you to them as well.”

    CWI Vice-President Dr. Kishore Shallow, who is Chairman of CWI’s Human Resource Committee, led the interview panel which include CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams; CWI HR Manager, Mrs. Oneka Martin-Bird; CWI Independent Director, Mrs. Debra Coryat-Patton; and UK-based Coaching Educator, Gordon Lord. 

    The next phase of the recruitment process for the Head Coach of the West Indies Men's team is the final interview, which is scheduled to be completed by October 11.

    Meanwhile, the regional cricket body also confirmed the start of the recruitment process for selectors of the West Indies Men's team panel, the West Indies Women and Girls teams panel, and the West Indies Boys selection panel. 

    Twenty-one prospective candidates for the selection panels were identified by the Selection System Review Task Force, chaired by Vice-President Dr. Shallow, and 18 have since confirmed their interest. 

    The candidates have participated in a first-round exercise which will be used to determine a shortlist for follow-up interviews. 
    The selection panel interview process is planned for completion by October 18.
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