David Williams, the former West Indies wicketkeeper who is currently coaching Trinidad and Tobago, has said he would have preferred a home-grown coach for the national side rather than John Dyson, an Australian recently hired for the position.
"[If they had chosen] any other West Indian coach, I would not be disappointed, but I would have preferred a West Indian," Williams, who also applied for the job, said. "But the [selectors] have a job to do, and they decided to go foreign again."
Williams had applied for the coach's job following Bennett King's exit after the World Cup and he assisted intermediate coach David Moore during the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. Former West Indies players Eldine Baptiste, Ottis Gibson and even Williams' former T&T and West Indies team-mate Phil Simmons were rumoured to be interested in the job.
The West Indies Cricket Board have not employed a coach from the region since the former West Indies batsman Gus Logie was in charge. He was replaced by King following the team's Champions Trophy success in 2004.
When asked why a foreign coach seems so attractive to the WICB, Williams said a trend has developed where international teams are favouring Australian coaches.
"I don't know if West Indies are following that trend. The last time they tried that [with King], and it didn't work out. I don't know if his [Dyson's] style will fit into our culture. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out. When they chose King, things were going well [for a while] until all broke loose."
Dyson's first assignment with the side is likely to be West Indies' tour of South Africa in December.