Windies appoint former Proteas Nic Pothas as interim coach

He has been appointed for the Bangladesh tour.

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Nic Pothas. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Earlier, Stuart Law, the former Australian cricketer, stepped down as the Windies head coach after his appointment as the Middlesex coach in England’s county cricket. Apart from losing Law, they also didn’t have a great tour of India as they slumped to defeats in the Test, ODI as well as the T20I series. Their only victory came in Pune in the third ODI of the five-match series.

The Caribbean team is now scheduled to play Bangladesh in a two-Test, three-ODI and a three-T20I series, starting November 22 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, the venue for the first Test. The ODI and T20I series start on December 9 and 17 respectively. Meantime, their board has appointed former South African wicketkeeper Nic Pothas as their interim coach.

We look forward to strong performances

“It is an honour to be asked to be the head coach of the West Indies Cricket team for the immediate future. The Bangladesh series will be a tough challenge which we look forward to embracing,” Cricket West Indies Official Website was quoted as saying.

Jimmy Adams, the West Indies director of cricket also expressed delight and hoped for Pothas to bring the best out of the players. “Having Nic lead the team at this juncture is important for continuity and we look forward to strong and positive performances from the squad under his leadership,” Adams said.

Pothas also has the experience of coaching Sri Lanka as he was their fielding coach from July 2016 to April 2018. He was also Guernsey’s director of cricketer and stepped down in 2015 after leading the team to the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 6 final in his tenure’s last month.

After the lacklustre India campaign, the Windies would want to turn their fortunes around against the Tigers. With the World Cup, scheduled to be played next year in England and Wales, the Windies would be desperate to get their combinations right.

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