Griffith tipped to be new WI fielding coach

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Rayon Griffith (left) is expected to be new WI fielding coach.

EX-GUYANA fast bowler, Rayon Griffith, is expected to be a part of the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) coaching team spearheaded by former A team coach Floyd Reifer.

Griffith, the region’s A-team assistant coach will fill the new fielding coach position, which will form the critical backroom staff for the prestigious World Cup scheduled for England and Wales in May and June.

However, his first assignment will be the Tri-Nations One-Day Series in Ireland where West Indies will play two matches against their hosts and against Bangladesh from May 5 to 17 when the final will be held.

The 40-year-old Griffith, is a part of Guyana Jaguars franchise coaching unit from the inception of the Professional Cricket League (PCL) in the region. His involvement has resulted in Jaguars winning the title for five consecutive years.

Griffith’s countryman, Guyana’s most successful first-class head coach Esaun Crandon, who was appointed assistant coach of the regional cricket team, prior to the England tour to the Caribbean earlier this year, was relieved of that position.

Meanwhile, Reifer, a former West Indies captain, takes over as head coach from Richard Pybus, who also served as an interim coach of the regional team since January of this year with Corey Collymore as bowling coach, while Roderick Estwick returns to the fold as one of the assistant coaches.