West Indies news January 27, 2017

Stuart Law named West Indies coach

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Stuart Law takes over the West Indies coaching role on a two-year contract © Getty Images

Former Australian batsman Stuart Law has been appointed as West Indies coach. Law takes over the position that has been lying vacant ever since the West Indies Cricket Board sacked Phil Simmons last September on disciplinary grounds. Law, the WICB said in a media release, will start his new job from February 15 and his contract is for two years.

He might have played a solitary Test for Australia, but Law was one of Queensland's most distinguished cricketers and went on to become a legend for the state in Sheffield Shield competition. Law, 48, has a solid pedigree in coaching. He had brief stints as head coach with Sri Lanka in 2011 and Bangladesh from 2011-12 and has served in various coaching roles with teams from around the world.

One of Law's latest assignments was as head coach of Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League. WICB president Dave Cameron was seen watching the BPL to raise curiosity - it is understood he was there to conduct talks with Law.

Law is the third Australian to be West Indies' head coach. Bennett King stepped down after the 2007 World Cup after being in the role for two years. Countryman John Dyson, his successor, too was in the role for two years before the WICB sacked him in August 2009. Curiously Law's contract ends in February 2019, just three months before the next World Cup in England, which begins May 30 of that year.

"His core functions will include improved team results while providing leadership to players and team management," the WICB release said. Law would be the first to admit it is no doubt an onerous task. They might be the only team to be crowned the World T20 champions twice, but West Indies occupy the bottom rungs in the ICC rankings tables in the other two formats; led by 25-year-old Jason Holder, West Indies are ranked eighth in Tests and ninth in ODIs.

The two-time ODI world champions finished behind Pakistan and Bangladesh in the qualifying race for this summer's Champions Trophy. They are now jostling once again with Pakistan, three points behind them for eighth place on 86 points, to gain automatic entry for the 2019 World Cup. The cut-off date for qualification is September 30, 2017, with the ODI nations who sit outside the top eight then joining the qualifying tournament which is currently scheduled to take place in Bangladesh.

Law said the West Indies assignment had come at an "important time" in his career. "I am excited at the opportunity to contribute to what I think is an interesting time for West Indies," the WICB release quoted Law on his new job.

Outgoing director of West Indies cricket Richard Pybus, who was part of the selection panel for choosing a new coach to replace Simmons, said Law was taking over at what is a "critical time in the development of the West Indies men's team, with the emergence of some outstanding young talent, as seen in the most recent test series against Pakistan. He has great experience and breadth of knowledge as a player and coach and his cross-cultural experience and winning attitude will be key assets in the development of the team."

Law is the third new appointment announced by the WICB in the past month. Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams was appointed as West Indies director of cricket to replace Pybus. Johnny Grave starts as the WICB chief executive from February, a role previously held by Michael Muirhead who stepped down last October.

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  • Tracey on February 1, 2017, 14:12 GMT

    ShekarRamlal86 on January 31, 2017, 2:06 GMT

    What is a coach without his best players? The answer to Shekar's question is simple, "A coach who will have to justify his credentials"

  • Shekar on January 31, 2017, 2:06 GMT

    What is a coach without his best players?

  • Shekar on January 30, 2017, 14:50 GMT

    I always wonder about how adept and knowledgeable foreign coaches would be to WI especially given the vast difference in our playing conditions. The West Indian conditions have become almost subcontinental and Australians have traditionally failed in those conditions. So with WI obviously going to play more than half their cricket in OUR conditions, how will an Australian help?

  • Len on January 30, 2017, 14:46 GMT

    This decision to make Stuart Law coach will inevitably end in failure. Everybody knows the WICB is not interested in a successful WIndies Test side and Law comes from a culture which talks sporting common sense. As soon as Law asks for improvements to develop the team. the management (whoever they are) will talk all kinds of gibberish and create all kinds of manoeveres because as I have said they do not want a successful West indies side

  • Simon on January 29, 2017, 11:05 GMT

    If Stuart Law can succeed in improving the relatively poor attitude of West Indian cricketers; if he can instill in them that playing cricket for the West Indian team is more than just an opportunity to make money, but a representation of West Indian people, then he would have done a great job. All the best to him.

  • shinet3915476 on January 29, 2017, 10:52 GMT

    DOOSRA-SHERU call them what you like . The fact is you and all who have and will ever hear that gem of commentary will always remember his name. Another fun FACT for you WI WON the WT20

  • Jose on January 29, 2017, 0:40 GMT

    @ Marabellaboy on January 28, 2017, 19:15 GMT

    " STUART will find it difficult to work with Cameron's LAW. "

    Oh, man! That IS a gem! On Stuart law working for Cameron!

  • Speak on January 28, 2017, 21:24 GMT

    WHOA.........Coaches don't play in / and win matches.They might give advice and guidelines on techniques but that's all. Remember the last Aussie coach who was such a success with his home Academy? What happened when he went to the WI? So if WI players are so good in T20 cricket how come fewer and fewer are playing in the bigger leagues.? Those so called top players are either fading, growing old or no longer motivated and replacements are few and far between.WI won the 2016 T20 WC by fluke based on 4 opportunistic sixes hit by Rememberhisname who has struggled to string two consecutive sixes since then. I feel sorry for Mr Law who I guess went into this with his eyes open. Nevertheless with the two tier system looming on the horizon it should motivate all to keep WI from the inevitable.

  • shinet3915476 on January 28, 2017, 20:17 GMT

    HNKP a couple of well constructed sentences and Bravo is back in the team. He doesn't have to grovel , beg or demean himself in doing It either. Plus maybe now preparation will be up to Dwayne Bravo's liking with Law as coach

  • Tracey on January 28, 2017, 19:15 GMT

    My Oh My! What great credentials; 'He had a stint with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh', two of the Powerhouses of World Cricket. This is like saying 'The new Brazilian National Football Coach had stints with Hawaii and Antarctica'. Working for Cricket West Indies and the regional players is going to be a cultural nightmare for Stuarty. STUART will find it difficult to work with Cameron's LAW.

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