Pakistan in West Indies 2011 April 18, 2011

Haynes appointed West Indies batting consultant

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Desmond Haynes, the former West Indies batsman, has been appointed batting consultant to the national team for their home series against Pakistan. Haynes will work under head coach Ottis Gibson during the one-off Twenty20 international, five one-dayers and two Tests, after which the West Indies Cricket Board will search for a full-time batting coach.

Haynes was part of the West Indies camp in Barbados last week. "I have always said I wanted to be involved in West Indies cricket and help in any way I could," he said. "This is a chance to help the young players with their development. I just want to see the players get better as we aim for improvement at all levels in West Indies cricket, and get the team back to the halcyon days."

There are several inexperienced players in West Indies' squad for Haynes to work with, after the board chose to leave out Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the first two one-dayers and include Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards. The squad also contains 22-year-old Darren Bravo.

Since retiring from cricket, Haynes has worked mainly in administration, and was a WICB director as well as head of the selection committee. His latest assignment was as manager of Barbados for the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament. He said he was happy to be working in the coaching department.

"I am happy to be part of the team management unit, headed by Ottis, and I believe I can also help the players with the mental aspect of their game and the way they go about their cricket in general."

West Indies' decision to opt for a batting consultant comes after their opponents in the upcoming series convinced Javed Miandad to work with their batsmen.

According to the WICB, Haynes has worked with South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis, batsman Herschelle Gibbs and young West Indies batsman Darren Bravo among other international cricketers.

West Indies arrive in St Lucia on Monday ahead of the Twenty20 match against Pakistan, which is on April 21.

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  • kannan_1969 on April 21, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Des Haynes was one of the key member of the Golder era of WI cricket. He should imbibe the culture the WI team had during the Golden era to the youngsters . Further, I would like to see Pollard, Dwayne Bravo play for WI in Test Cricket. Sure Pollard would make a huge impact in Test matches and could be the Viv Richards, Windies is looking for.

  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    IN spite of all that have been said about the new look WI team, I do think the team will be more than just competitive in the one day series. THE burning desire to succeed is there. PLAYERS such as SMITH, SIMMONDS, SAMUELS SAMMY, DWAYNE and of course ROACH, will have to carry the torch. THE key to WI success is getting on top of the pak spin attack. THERE IS WHERE DES can play a part for now. GOOD LUCK BOYS.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on April 19, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    WICB to look for full-time batting coach after series. Does anyone know if WI have a full-time (or even part-time) bowling coach? Are there specialists hired to work with the players' on their fielding and fitness? Maybe the WICB don't have the money for all this.

  • MSOS on April 19, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    is it a financialyl motivated move or what???? and Ottis is a good for nothing coach...can do nothing and done nothing..when they loose contracts...they come to support their country...lol....and if he is good why is Sammy in the team....this is for all the windies supporters to think..think twise...why is Sammy in the team??????

  • robmaha on April 19, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    It is good to see that the WICB is at least listening some of the time. We had recommended Haynes among others to boost the weak coaching outfit it currently has. One hopes that Haynes would further be recognized as the main coach bringing with him his long and brilliant experience as a WI player and in team support activities. One thing he will bring is a measure of humility and good sporting humor, unlike the arrogance and narcissism that now exists. It is now time to consider a good fast bowling coach in people like Holding or Croft.

  • NBRADEE on April 19, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    This is a good start - but the WICB has again sat on their hands here, and not jus' because they are following Pakistan's move... Years ago, Roger Harper and Gus Logie said what the team only seemed to hear when Bennett King was given the reins to coach - the model at the top must be the same at the bottom! Full time hires for each regional team in the form of a Manager, Coach, Technical Director, Nutrition and Fitness personnel, Batting Coach, Fielding Coach and Bowling Coach, and last but not least A MENTAL CONDITIONING COACH as the structure for all regional teams. If Haynes is not there in the future, as I expect he will not be if Sir Garfield could have been hired and dropped for the same post, and Rohan Kanhai, et al, what will we have rued???

  • dummy4fb on April 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    It seems Windies are improving with this news

  • dummy4fb on April 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Let PCB have Sir Viv Richards as Batting Coach/Consultant. What if WICB have Imran Khan as Bowling Coach/Consultant. Then for sure we can see the good old days of West Indian bowling attack of 70's & 80's.

  • dummy4fb on April 19, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    GREAT MOVE, LETS HOPE THEY KEEP HIM.

  • dummy4fb on April 19, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Well I suggest PCB to contact Sir VIV Richards for Pakistan Batting coach love to see that great person in Pakistan camp :)

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