Haynes confirmed as new CWI chief of selectors, Reifer new interim coach

By Sports Desk April 11, 2019

Robert Haynes has been confirmed as the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) chairman of selectors, ushering in a clean sweep of the selection panel by the newly appointed Ricky Skerritt-led administration.

The 54-year-old Haynes will replace Barbadian Courtney Browne as head of the four-man committee.  The rest of the panel will consist of CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams and Floyd Reifer, who has also been named as a replacement for interim coach Richard Pybus.

Pybus who previously served as head of the high-performance centre in 2018 and Windies Director of Cricket from 2013 to 2016 seemed off to a promising start in the job.  Under Pybus, the Windes defeated England after winning the Test series 2-1 and sharing the ODIs 2-2 to lift the team’s confidence ahead of the World Cup. 

Reifer comes in to replace Pybus before the Englishman's contract ends. He was contracted by the previous administration until the end of the India series in the Caribbean in August.

 

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    The result, largely coming on the back of Karim Janat’s 5-11, gave the skipper pause to think.

    He has had things largely his own way since his debut as captain at the start of a three-match ODI series his team bossed and one T20I where they proved much better than their opposition, but now he has to will his team to come good when the outcome isn’t so clear.

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    "At the halfway stage, we were happy with 147. Their batsmen came hard at us, but we came back well, especially Kesrick. We cannot fault the bowlers. We didn't get a good start in the Powerplay, and we lost wickets every time we were trying to be aggressive,” he said.

    Earlier, Afghanistan had scored 147-7 from their 20 overs with Hazratullah Zazai and Janat scoring 26, Gulbadin Naib, 24, and Najibullah Zadran, 20 not out.

    Kesrick Williams had been the best bowler for the West Indies, bagging 3-23, while Keemo Paul, replacing the injured Fabian Allen, ended with 2-28, and Jason Holder, 2-23.

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    Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz got Afghanistan off to a good start after they won the toss, but both openers fell from consecutive deliveries in the fifth over from Williams with 42 on the board.

    Jason Holder (2-23) trapped Janat leg before for 26 and had Asghar Afghan caught behind, while Keemo Paul - replacing the injured Fabian Allen - took 2-28 as Afghanistan were kept in check.

    Najibullah Zadran (20 not) and Gulbadin Naib (24) were able to provide some late impetus and the Windies never got going in a sorry run chase.

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