West Indies appoint Richard Pybus as High Performance Director

Richard Pybus has worked with Pakistan and Bangladesh previously
Richard Pybus has worked with Pakistan and Bangladesh previously

Cricket West Indies has confirmed on Thursday that Richard Pybus has been appointed as the new High-Performance Director on a two-year contract.

With his playing career curtailed by injuries, Pybus took over coaching responsibilities in mid 20s and was appointed head coach of South Africa's Border before switching to Pakistan as a consultant in the 1999 World Cup where they reached the final.

The 53-year-old remains the most successful coach in South Africa's domestic circuit after guiding the Titans and the Cape Cobras to nine championships spread over six seasons and was awarded the South African Cricket Coach of the year in 2008/09 and 2010/11.

"I am delighted to be re-joining Cricket West Indies in this newly created role," said Pybus, who also coached Bangladesh in the past.

"I am looking forward to working with Jimmy Adams and the rest of the cricket department to improve standards within a system that I know well.

"My focus will be on developing our high performance programmes and helping to identify and coach the most talented cricketers in the Caribbean."

Pybus has been assigned the role of grooming the young talents at the Under 19 level to help them prepare at the highest level.

"Pybus's record with high performance programmes is well established. He is the most successful South African franchise coach of all time having won nine championships across all formats," Cricket West Indies said in a release.

"The two-time South African coach of the year was part of a system that developed the likes of current South African captain Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel and AB de Villiers.

"The High-Performance programme aims to support the continued development of CWI regional franchise cricket and put systems in place to close the gap between regional franchise cricket and International cricket."

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