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by CWI Tuesday 20 February 2018
St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced changes to the coaching and support teams for the current WINDIES squads. The main aim over the next year is to ensure that the WINDIES qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019 and defend the ICC Women’s World T20 title.
The confirmed coaching and support teams have seen the appointment of a number of persons in specific posts that include direct and full-time employment, mixed with supplementary and support services while on tour.
Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, congratulated the new appointees. “Rawl Lewis has been promoted to be team manager and Raymond Reifer steps up from his former U15s coaching role. I’m delighted that we’re promoting from within the CWI coaching and management set up.” Referencing the background to these changes, Adams added, “We are focused on improving team performance, as well as broadening and deepening the coaching expertise in the region. We know we’ve got vital games and tournaments this year and we’re confident that these appointments will strengthen the WINDIES squads for this year and our future plans.”
Johnny Grave, CWI Chief Executive confirmed, “We have assembled support teams for all three WINDIES squads that we believe will best assist the players in preparing and competing in their forthcoming series and tournaments.” In relation to the specific changes Grave confirmed, “Joel Garner has agreed to become an Ambassador, supporting the fundraising IT20 match at Lord’s at the end of May and helping us launch the WINDIES Foundation planned for later this year. Ronald Rogers will remain in the region working with Alzarri Joseph on his rehabilitation programme following his stress fracture.”
Here are the full lists of the coaches and support teams for each squad:
WINDIES A Team
Alfonso Thomas (senior team bowling coach) –specialist bowling coach over the shorter ‘white ball’ formats, hailing from South Africa. Alfonso has held specialist roles in the UK with Somerset and Kent as well as with franchises in Australia and Bangladesh.
David Kershaw (senior team physio) – formerly Head physio for Lancashire CCC and one of the ECB’s team of physiotherapists, Dave has worked with the likes of Murali Muralitharan, Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson and is expert in the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal, shoulder, knee and ankle disorders.
Corey Bocking (senior team Strength and Conditioning Coach) – Australian Physical Performance Manager who has worked with the Bangladesh Cricket Board as well as with Franchise teams in Australia and India.
Marita Marshall (women’s team physio) – Barbadian who has previously worked with the Barbados Women’s and the Combined Campuses cricket teams.
Reon Griffith (A Team assistant coach) – Successful Level 3 qualified regional coach who has been involved in Guyana’s successful run of 4 domestic titles in the last 4 seasons
Gregory Seale (A team Strength and Conditioning Coach) – Trinidadian practitioner who has previously worked with the Trinidadian Cricket squad. He also has experience with women’s international football and he’s been involved in the regional franchise fitness testing program that begun last year.