Philo Wallace not in favour of ‘Shiv’ as West Indies’ Head Coach 


Former Test opening batsman, Barbadian Philo Wallace is not supporting the call for Shivnarine ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul to become the new head coach of the West Indies cricket team.

Speaking on the Mason And Guest cricket radio show on Tuesday night, Wallace said that Chanderpaul lacks coaching experience at the international level and was not the man for the job.

“Shiv Chanderpaul as head coach would surprise me. If he is appointed, is it based on scoring 11,000 Test runs, his coaching experience at the international level is very limited.

“We cannot continue to keep following people. We have to set an example. Chanderpaul has been a fantastic player. He has had some success with the Jamaican Tallawahs, is it possible he can transfer that into red ball cricket?”

Major headache

“Is there a bigger role outside of head coach for Shivnarine Chanderpaul? Can he be our batting consultant? Is he better suited for that role rather than being a head coach? These are things that need to be discussed. Just don’t appoint a man because he has over 11,000 Test runs,” Wallace said.

Wallace, 52, a former Barbados captain, said that selecting a head coach of the West Indies is going to be a major headache.

“We need to get someone to get our young people to understand what Test cricket is all about. Is Chanderpaul capable of doing that? “I know he has matured now, he is a better person but is he not better suited to be the batting consultant? The head coach of Cricket West Indies is going to be a headache. If you have not appointed one for the new year for the serious tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa, you are staring down the barrel in relation to applications for the head coach job,” he added.

Former Test opening batsman, Barbadian Philo Wallace

The 48-year-old Chanderpaul is one of the most prolific batsman in the history of West Indies cricket, scoring 11 867 runs with 30 hundreds. He played the last of his 164 matches against England at Kensington Oval in May 2015.

Speaking from his homeland Antigua, fast bowling great Sir Curtly Ambrose told the radio show, he was confident the West Indies would show some improvement in 2023.

Ambrose said he had no issues with the selection of Andre Coley as interim coach, describing him as organised, and one who understands his role.

The legend and holder of 405 Test scalps, said he remained ready, willing, and able to serve if asked, adding that he had never turned his back on Cricket West Indies.

Enough time

The 48-year-old Coley, a former Jamaica wicketkeeper, is the head coach of the CWI Academy programme. He has previously served as head coach of the West Indies Under-19s, and as assistant coach of both the senior men’s and women’s teams.

Another guest on the programme, former Leewards Islands fast bowler, George Ferris, says that CWI had enough time since Phil Simmons quit to have appointed a head coach.

Ferris said he did not support the selection of Coley.

“Why are we repeating, why should we not get someone else? Simmons gave us enough time to choose a new head coach. I just don’t understand this, it is confusing to me.”

Wallace says it is going to be interesting to see the support Coley gets in terms of the backroom staff.

“My challenge is going to see who that backroom staff is going to be to help support Andre Coley. Missing from our backroom staff is players with international experience to help the young players understand what is required.

“We talk about people with qualifications such as three and level four coaching experience, but level three and level four knowledge without cricket experience is like trying throwing water in the sea.” (Nation News)

  1. Zulfiquar A ALLI-SHAW says

    I agree that Shiv lacks international coaching experience and he would be better suited as a batting coach. Is there any West Indian that would be ideally suited for the head coach job?? If not,why not look overseas. I think the young players coming up will benefit from an international experienced coach who will instill in them the work ethic required to be a successful cricketer. Also,I agree it is vital that the backroom assistant coaching staff have the knowledge and work ethic required.
    In closing,I truly hope that the management makes the correct choices. It is not an easy task. Best of luck to everyone,and as a West Indian I truly support the WI and they deserve to be a great team once again.

  2. Edwin Thom says

    West Indies cricket is in need of resurrection. Philo you couldn’t even heal the sick so shut up. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is inspirational and tougher than you think. All you mediocre guys who coach need to take a leaf out of Shiv’s book. If WI cricket is to be revived, raised from the dead, Shiv can do it. He has leadership and motivational skills. Philo because you ain’t got it don’t put Shiv in your class.

  3. Navin Ramai says

    why doesnt the useless philo wallace shut to hell up chanderpaul was an amazing cricketer ask jamaica tallawahs he excelled in all formats of the game at domestic regional and international levels like fat boy philo wants the job for himself

  4. Errol says

    where did we dig up these self opinionated idiots from? how is he even remotely qualified to make such statements. the experienced coaches have all failed so far and maybe that is due to the selectors. it is time for a major overhaul of WICB. let’s look at the obvious and start there.

  5. Mahabir Singh says

    Chanderpaul if rejected should take a job in another cricketing country. They will sure accept him make a good and even a great coach and to hell with the WICB.

  6. Leo says

    tough times calls for tough measure. Shiv is as tough as they come.

  7. Leo says

    tough times calls for tough measure. Shiv is as tough as they come. Wallace calling for experience is a joke look at England recent turn around with Brendan McCallum

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