West Indies news May 12, 2011

Hooper to be batting coach at high performance centre

ESPNcricinfo staff

Carl Hooper, the former West Indies batsman, has been appointed batting coach at the Sagicor High Performance Center in Barbados. Hooper, who scored 11,523 international runs in 102 Tests and 227 one-day internationals for West Indies will move to Barbados from Australia, where he has lived since retiring in 2004.

He has been appointed for the ongoing semester and will work with the centre's head coach Andre Coley, the former Jamaica wicketkeeper. Hooper's appointment comes after another former West Indies batsman, Desmond Haynes, agreed to be batting consultant to the national side for the ongoing series against Pakistan, as the WICB makes efforts to involved more ex-players in the development of cricket in the Caribbean.

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  • Bill on May 15, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Great move by the WICB! Long over due, I might add. Yes, there was a time when we never heard of, a batting coach, or a coach of any kind, for that matter; but that was the past. Things are much different now, and the W.I. are being left behind for not keeping up with the times. With all the technology available to the players and or teams, a batsman is well sorted out, even before he faces a ball. Take for example: Gayle against Vass or Bowlinger; or currently, smith against Haffeez. I can name a number of former fast bowlers, who, if we could only get one or two of them to step up and lend a helping hand to our present crop of fellow fast men, we'll really be moving in the right direction. How about it fellows? Is that asking too much? Check out this list. Ambrose, K and W Benjamin, R. Edwards, Garner, Griffith, Hall, Holder, Holding, Patterson, Roberts, Walsh. Has the WICB ever offered any of these former players a job? I would like to know.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    CAN'T fault the BOARD for not trying. A great move,a step in the right direction, and one that will certainly bear fruit. CARL is knowledgeable in cricket and will impart all he knows. MONEY well spent.

  • STEVE on May 13, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    great that west indies legends are back to do good from the community they came from.

  • Krishna on May 12, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Why can't WICB hire foreign coaches? Money issues? I do not understand how they can accept the fact that they are at bottom of ranking in each format. They were the true champions of uncovered pitches, traditional form of cricket. May they should get Warren Buffet to invest in a CPL - Caribbean Premier League. Come on guys..Take us back to the days of Viv, Lloyd, Marshall and Holding.

  • Kamal on May 12, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Good move and well done Carl Hooper. I now expect other former WI players to join the bandwagon. Where is Holding, Ambrose, Walsh etc. join and share your knowledge and experience and help the bowlers be back on top..

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