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Radford named West Indies assistant coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 3, 2012

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Toby Radford, the former Middlesex and Sussex batsman, has been named West Indies assistant coach in place of David Williams.

Radford has previously been in charge of the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Barbados and will now work with the senior team, which is coached by Ottis Gibson, on a tour-by-tour basis beginning with the home series against Australia which starts this month.

After a brief playing career which amounted to 14 first-class matches, Radford was made Middlesex coach in 2007 before moving to the Caribbean in 2010.

Williams, the former West Indies wicketkeeper who played 11 Tests and 36 one-day internationals between 1992 and 1998, said he still hoped play a role in the future of Caribbean cricket.

"I am disappointed, but these things happen in life and you have to pick up the slack and move on," Williams told the Trinidad and Tobago Express. "Just a couple of days ago they called me about the position. They wanted a coach to work with the younger batters.

"I enjoyed my time. It was really a great experience and I want to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for that experience. It is not the end of the road. I hope the West Indies Cricket Board knows that I still have a lot to offer West Indies cricket."

Edited by Andrew McGlashan

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Posted by satspeare on (March 6, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

@Gary, brillant comment but have you considered the FACT that Sammy withdrew only after he heard how much he was being offered?? Is seems so easy for us to bash Gayle but as of yet we cannot find anyone in the entire region to replace him on the team. Gayle is doing just what he has to in order to survive. No player has "forever" to play and time is not really on their side. BUt in time to come, all will KNOW the real culprits in these trials of ours. We will also know who are the ones trying to be part of the solution rather that continuing to be the source of more problems. All dictorship comes to an end but unfortunately the process is long and rather painful. this is indeed a dark period in our history and I do hope that our dawn is hastenned. My hope is that these crisis don't be too over-whelming and difficult for our younger players too- as it is for our seniors. Good Luck for the series to WI and the boys. WICB, well they can take a hyke.

Posted by Al11 on (March 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

@ Gary Rubbas Harris.....Sammy did not give up T20 to play against Australia....he put himself on the auction ballet and was only sold for $55k...then change his mind...get your facts right...if he was sold for $500k he would have surely played....commitment would have being not making himself available before the auction like the mention Australian do...financially the Australians are good for life after cricket....some of our great WI players of the past are now fishing for a living...but they had great commitment...yes in cricket you do commitment and heart ...but you also need skills...which Sammy is lacking....the Australians and the English will really expose his lacking skills...and his mediocre captaincy....

Posted by   on (March 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

When one considers the true state of West Indies cricket, we must ask ourselves who is at fault? The WICB is blaming GAYLE and the senior players, but not the coach or themselves, although they continue to make mistakes and blunders - one after the other! I am firmly of the view that West Indies will not move forward with the current leadership and coaches. I have already made my declaration loud:"West Indies has outlived its purpose, it's time for each country to organize its own cricketing destiny..." And thanks to the current Board for making this so clear with their folly!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

gibson needs 2 go.....doing nutting but mashing west indies apart...

Posted by   on (March 6, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Otis Gibson supports Sammy because Sammy has shown commitment to WI cricket. He gave up playing T20 matches to be here a face Australia. Australia players have given T20 a break to be here. Where is Gayle? All over the place playing for money because that's where is heart is. Ponting, on of the greatest players of all time is gonna here. Gayle will never be as great because all he wants is money. He could learn something or two from Sammy about commitment. That's all you need, heart and commitment and you will go far.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Sammy used to be able to take his catches before but now instead of taking catches he is dropping them with even greater regularity than he used to take them. He call himself an all -rounder & scared to bowl in ODI and very often number 10 & 11 making more runs than him in both Test & ODI. His poor captaincy and fielding alone has been 1 of the major reasons we did not win a single Test or ODI series of note last year even though we often outplayed the opposition and placed ourselves into a possible match winning position. We did beat Bangladesh but come on that is not anything to kill the fattened calf over is it? We could have achieved so much more if WICB & their selectors would just practice basic common sense & pick the best players so we had the best chance to play our best cricket! I wont be surprised if we get white washed by Australia in all forms but if we do i just hope our youngsters can bounce back & that common sense will FINALLY prevail.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

@ Joseph We all know success as a player does not necessarily mean success as a coach. However mediocrity as a player is even less of a guarantee of success as a coach. It is obvious that Gibson is threatened by & has issues dealing with players that have achieved a certain level of success and have a bit of reputation about them. He has had issues with Chanderpaul, Gayle, Sarwan, Taylor all of whom were the more renown players in the squad before this whole ruckus started. If it was up to him alone not even Chanderpaul would have been in the team now. He is more comfortable with mediocrity & that would explain why he has given so much support to Sammy as captain even though it is obvious he cannot comfortably manage the job. I would not be surprised if this also played a role in the choice of our new assistant coach

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Guys please. Success on the field does not mean success as a coach. The better coaches are were not the most outstanding players. If it was so West Indies would have been on top of the world right now.

Posted by royramesh on (March 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

WHY AREN'T YOU PUBLISHING MY COMMENT? T Radford is Ok as a batting coach (I m biased as Middx was my second home after Guyana). But what the young Windian guns need is an inspirational W I former batsman who can teach the basics as well as inculcate the mental strength and temperament needed for intl cricket and he has to do this across all age groups and territories. I am not sure that Radford can succeed in this. Was Desie Haynes not offered the job first? If not why not?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

isn't it ironic since Gibson arrive there seem to be more turmoil within the West Indies Cricket in regards to players than before. In cases of previous rebels as they were labeled by WI Board, resolution was always met and the public were allowed to enjoy good and entertaining cricket played by our stars hence the reason for our rise to the top. If Gibson was the coach during the Parker Series the world would never have seen our full potential and guys like Viv and Clive would not have been world heroes. Thanks to T20 people could still see Chris and what he has to offer. Now the Asst Coach Gibson and WI Board have to go ASAP because we love good and exciting cricket and they are taking that away from the people who will always be there for WI Cricket, the supporters.

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