On Thursday, December 22, Cricket West Indies (CWI) appointed the 48-year-old Andre Coley as the interim coach of the senior men’s team. Coley will be serving as the interim coach of the side for tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa in 2023.
West Indies National Cricket Team are all set to play two Test matches in Zimbabwe in February 2023. Then they will travel to South Africa for an all-format tour, which will consist of two Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is.
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The former Jamaica wicketkeeper-batter Andre Coley has taken over the role after the exit of head coach Phil Simmons. Notably, Phil Simmons stepped down from his role after West Indies’ first-round exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Coley, meanwhile, was also the head coach of the CWI Academy program.
Coley, who was the assistant coach when West Indies won the 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, said that overseeing West Indies for the upcoming tours is a special honour for him.
“To be asked to oversee the West Indies team on the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa is a special honour,” Coley said.
West Indies cricket holds a special place in my heart – Andre Coley
He further said that the upcoming series against Zimbabwe and South Africa will be a big challenge for them and they need to prepare very well.
“West Indies cricket holds a special place in my heart. The upcoming assignment will be challenging as we will come up against two teams in their home conditions. We will need to ensure that our planning and preparation are appropriate, and demonstrate consistency in the execution of these plans, to give ourselves the best opportunity to achieve positive results.
“The players, I’m sure, are enthusiastic about the opportunities that both series should offer and are eager to contribute to our team’s success. I look forward to the tours ahead and the opportunity to make a tangible and meaningful contribution to the growth of West Indies cricket.”