Pybus Handed West Indies Coaching Role

West Indies fans
Richard Pybus will take over as WICB Director of Cricket in November
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Former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus has been named as the new West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Director of Cricket.

He has been awarded a three-year contract which begins in November and will be based in Antigua.

Pybus has coached extensively in Bangladesh, England, South Africa and Pakistan, where he led the national side between 1999 and 2003.

He took charge of South African domestic sides Titans, Border, Cape Cobras and Dolphins, winning nine titles with the Dolphins and Cobras and had a five-month spell as head coach of Bangladesh in 2012.

"Securing the services of Richard is a major coup for the WICB as he is a rounded professional whose skills and expertise are renowned and recognized throughout the cricketing world," Michael Muirhead, WICB Chief Executive Officer, said.

"I look forward to Richard joining us in Antigua and enhancing the work which we are doing so as to ensure that all the necessary structures are in place to allow West Indian cricketers to develop and flourish regionally and internationally," he added.

"He has extensive knowledge in designing and managing successful cricket development systems both at the grassroots and elite levels and we look forward to him building on the work we have already done in putting the various critical foundational elements in place."

Pybus said he is both delighted and honoured to be joining the WICB: "I am delighted and honoured to accept this key role in West Indies Cricket and to help build on the progress that has been made in recent years.

"I am particularly looking forward to working with the West Indies teams, the First Class sides, the High Performance Program and the educational structures to ensure a rigorous, competitive system that feeds through elite players to international level."

The coming months see the West Indies head to India and New Zealand before they defend their ICC World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh in February. The Women are currently hosting England and New Zealand, before they too head to New Zealand and the Under-19 World Cup takes place early in 2014.

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