Former captain Carl Hooper joins West Indies coaching set-up

The West Indies are presently in Sharjah for the series against UAE, which bowls off on Sunday June 4

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Carl Hooper is all set to join the West Indies as an assistant coach ahead of an ODI series against the UAE and their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier campaign. Hooper has amassed over 5,000 runs and 100 wickets in both Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

Hooper, who represented the West Indies in 329 international games over more than 15 years, has served as a coach and mentor at various levels in the Caribbean and Australia. Hooper has also guided Antigua Hawksbills and Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League and was preliminarily an instructor at the West Indies High-Performance Centre in Barbados. The 56-year-old was most recently an assistant coach with Adelaide Strikers during Australia’s Big Bash League season last summer.

I really want to help with the challenge: Hooper

Hooper, who had brief prior coaching stints in the Caribbean and Australia, said it was an easy decision to join the West Indies setup. "When I was initially approached by Daren about the potential opportunity, I immediately confirmed my interest, as I really want to help with the challenge and make a meaningful impact,” Hooper told ICC.

“I firmly believe that it is time for West Indies Cricket to ascend, and I am confident in my ability, knowledge, and experience to aid in this endeavour,” he added further.

Meanwhile, West Indies are presently in Sharjah for the series against UAE, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The second match is on Tuesday, June 6, and the third and final match is on Friday, June 9.

For the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, West Indies have been drawn in Group A, where they will face hosts Zimbabwe, United States, Netherlands, and Nepal in the preliminary round. The ten teams will be competing for the two remaining places at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, to be hosted in India later this year.

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