BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Experienced coach Roddy Estwick has returned to the setup of the senior men’s side for the ICC World Cup, Cricket West Indies confirmed Monday.
Ironically, the Barbadian was sacked ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in March last year, ending a near two-year stint with the West Indies side.
He will be the assistant coach to interim head coach, Floyd Reifer, who was announced last week in the post, and joins former Test seamer Corey Collymore and ex-first class pacer, Rayon Griffith, as the the support staff.
“CWI have, in consultation with interim head coach Floyd Reifer, assembled a strong support group of coaches to work with the squad for the Tri-Series against Ireland and Bangladesh as we prepare for the World Cup,” said director of cricket, Jimmy Adams.
“This support group will continue throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.”
Estwick earned plaudits from players during his tenure as bowling coach after replacing legendary former fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose, in May 2016 ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean.
After his sacking, Estwick worked as bowling coach of the Windies women’s squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in November last year.
Collymore, meanwhile, returns to the setup as well after featuring as bowling coach on Windies men’s tours of India and Bangladesh last year. The 41-year-old, who played 30 Tests and 84 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, will resume his role as bowling coach for the tour of Ireland and the World Cup.
Guyanese Griffith, who served as a coach with Caribbean Premier League franchise Guyana Amazon Warriors in the past, will now undertake fielding coach duties.
CWI have revamped the entire coaching staff for the upcoming World Cup, following the recent election of new president Ricky Skerritt and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow.
Englishman Richard Pybus, controversially appointed interim head coach last January, has been removed along with his support team of Vasbert Drakes, Toby Radford and Esuan Crandon.
Roddy Estwick returns to the Windies coaching setup