Troubled West Indies continue hunt for Head Coach
Antigua: West Indies might be in neck deep trouble after their team's pull out of the India series, but that hasn't stopped its board from reviewing coaching applications for the senior team as the post is lying vacant after Ottis Gibson's departure in August.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) website has put up job advertisements for Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Director and various other office posts, for which, incoming resumes are being continuously scanned. Team manager Richie Richardson, who soon took over the interim duties after Gibson decided to part ways post a four-year stay with the Caribbean side, is keen to take over the job on a full-time basis.
"I've always said I would never say no when I am asked to do a job for West Indies cricket. I love West Indies cricket that much, so whatever I am asked to do I will say yes," Richardson had said before the India tour started. But things took a turn for the worse, as the pay dispute between the WICB, players association (WIPA) and the Dwayne Bravo-led side escalated to an extent that the maroon brigade aborted the India tour after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, leaving BCCI in the cold.
With an ODI in Kolkata, one-off T20 and three Tests remaining to be played, the Indian board had to call Sri Lanka to fill the void and is mulling a legal action against the West Indies to claim damages, running into hundred of crores.
So as the WICB searches for a new coach, it foremost agenda will still be to resolve the pay dispute and get the national team back on the field.