Richard Pybus, new high performance director for West Indies cricket. Photo:

ST JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Thursday appointed Richard Pybus as their high performance director.

In this new role, Pybus will work alongside the chairman of selectors and all the technical coaches in the region to improve the high performance programmes and standards within franchise cricket.  

His role will also include, standardising coaching and preparation for regional teams and overseeing a talent identification programme from the Under-19 level all the way to the senior international level.

Pybus who worked as a coach in South Africa for many years, began his professional coaching career at Selborne College in East London, South Africa.

He is the most successful South African franchise coach of all time having won nine championships across all formats. The two-time South African coach of the year was part of a system that developed current South African captain Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and AB de Villiers.

The high performance programme aims to support the continued development of CWI regional franchise cricket and put systems in place to close the gap between regional franchise cricket and International cricket.

Pybus said: “I am delighted to be re-joining Cricket West Indies in this newly-created role. I am looking forward to working with Jimmy Adams and the rest of the cricket department to improve standards within a system that I know well.  My focus will be on developing our high performance programmes and helping to identify and coach the most talented cricketers in the Caribbean.”

Pybus’ appointment is for an initial term of two years.

Pybus previously served as CWI director of cricket from October 2013 to December 2016, overseeing the West Indies victories in two ICC World T20s, an ICC Women’s World T20 and an ICC Under-19 World Cup.

Along with International coaching roles with Pakistan and Bangladesh, Pybus coached extensively in South Africa for Border, Titans and Cape Cobras, as well as Middlesex in England, at domestic cricket level. He will be based at the CWI Headquarters in Antigua. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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