Cricket West Indies planning to hire an interim coach for Zimbabwe and South Africa series

Phil Simmons is set to step down as head coach after Australia Test series.

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With head coach Phil Simmons all set to part ways in the month of December, Cricket West Indies are likely to hire an interim coach for the Zimbabwe and South Africa series before appointing a full-time one. Jimmy Adams, the director of cricket at Cricket West Indies revealed their intentions and also clarified that more things will come into light by the end of the week. 

The former cricketer also mentioned that the discussions are currently going on and a decision will soon be taken. Meanwhile, Phil Simmons has already handed over his resignation following West Indies’ undignified exit from the T20 World Cup 2022.

“There are two issues to look at. Obviously, given the schedule that we have, which is Test cricket in Zimbabwe and South Africa from the end of January right through until (March)…I think the white-ball games against South Africa will go into March. Do we first of all split the roles and how long are we going to give ourselves the time in which to recruit? By that I mean, is it that we are going to do an interim situation maybe until the end of the South Africa (tour) or do we actually start recruiting right away (for a full-time coach),” Adams said according to ESPNCricinfo.

“These are decisions that are before us now and I am hoping that by the end of this week coming that we will have some firm decisions to sort of guide the way forward…these are all the questions being considered right now as we speak,” the 54-year-old added.

Desmond Haynes explains Gudakesh Motie’s exclusion from Test squad against Australia

The inclusion of Roston Chase over Gudakesh Motie has caused a stir in West Indies cricket. Desmond Haynes, the chief selector via a virtual press conference stated the reason that the team needs a offspinner in Australia and Gudakesh Motie’s left-arm spin may not help. Meanwhile, Rakheem Cornwall who’s also an offspinner wasn’t considered because of his fitness.

“The situation regarding Roston Chase and Motie is that we as a panel decided that we would go for an offspinner. That's the reason why we didn't include Moti and we decided that Chase was the best person to do the job and that's what the panel decided,” Haynes said in the virtual press conference.

“When you look at someone like Roston Chase, his record in Test cricket has been pretty good. Although he did lose some form, he played a few games against Zimbabwe this year. The panel wanted to go with an offspinner and that's what really ticked in Roston's favour. Not just that he would help us in the batting department but also he would be a very good allrounder who can bowl offspin,” the former cricketer added.