Floyd Reifer has been appointed the head coach of the West Indies cricket team with less than two months to go for the commencement of ICC World Cup.
The former West Indies skipper has replaced Richard Pybus in the role who was appointed earlier this year.
The appointment of Reifer follows the appointment of Ricky Skerritt as the West Indies Cricket president continuing the overhaul of the Caribbean national team.
Reifer played 6 Tests, 8 ODIs and a solitary T20 for the West Indies team in a career spanning 12 years. He played 5 of those six tests in the first two years of his international career after debuting in 1997. The last of those six tests, came in 2009 when Reifer led a second-string XI in a test match against Bangladesh.
Skerritt praised Reifer’s previous work with West Indies and hopes that the new coach would be successful in his term.
Skerritt said “Up to the end of 2018 Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach. He displayed this by leading the West Indies A team successfully, including victories against the England Lions, and ended the past year by coaching the Senior men’s team to a T20 series win in Bangladesht.”
“(Reifer) has lived the same principles of West Indian excellence that we now insist must prevail in our cricket,” Skerritt concluded.
West Indies Cricket has been witnessing a lot of changes since Skerritt took charge and there is another change in the top management with Robert Haynes replaces Courtney Brown as the chief selector of West Indies cricket.
Skerritt also insisted at making the selection committee more inclusive and more player centric hinting at return of stars like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard and Andre Russell.
“We have found it necessary to immediately adjust our selection policy to become more open, inclusive, and player-centric,” Skerritt said. “I am therefore pleased to confirm that we have terminated the old embedded selection policy which secretly, but actively, victimized some players and banished them from selection consideration,” he added.