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Windies name Reifer as coach

12th April 2019, 16:21 by Gareth Freeman

Floyd Reifer has replaced Richard Pybus as interim coach of the West Indies ahead of the World Cup.

Pybus guided the Windies to a 2-1 win over England earlier this year at home in a Test series and a 2-2 draw in the ODI series.

However, Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt feels it will benefit the West Indies in the long run to have a home coach in charge for the World Cup.

He has opted to replace Englishman Pybus with Reifer, who played six Tests and eight ODIs for the Caribbean nation.

"Participating in a World Cup is a career-defining experience for West Indian players and coaching staff," said Skerritt.

"We therefore believe it is strategically more beneficial for a West Indian coach, with the proven skill sets, to have this exposure at CWI's expense - rather than a foreign coach. Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach."

Reifer led the West Indies to a T20 series win in Bangladesh as interim coach last year and has been appointed on a temporary basis.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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