Sammy appointed West Indies white-ball coach; Coley to take charge of Test team
Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy, who led them to two T20 World Cup titles, has been named head coach of West Indies’ T20I and ODI teams.
Andre Coley, who was West Indies’ interim coach after Phil Simmons had resigned, will be in charge of the Test and West Indies A teams.
Sammy had applied only for white-ball job, according to Kishore Shallow, who took over from Ricky Skerritt as CWI president in March. Shallow also said that a total of 20 applicants from within the Caribbean and overseas were received.
Former West Indies coach Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had coached Jamaica Tallawahs to the title in CPL 2022, was among those who had applied for the job.
A panel of five, comprising CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams, Enoch Lewis, the board’s independent director, the board’s HR manager and Shallow, conducted the interviews.
Sammy’s first assignment will be a three-match ODI series against the UAE in Sharjah in June, which will form part of the preparations for the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in June-July.
“It will be a challenge but one that I’m ready for and excited about,” Sammy said. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity, especially looking at the players we have and the impact that I believe I can have in the dressing room. I believe I will bring the same approach as I had as a player: the passion, the desire for success, and my undying love for West Indies cricket.
“When I look around there is an abundance of talent, and what I saw in South Africa in the white-ball matches under new captains Shai Hope and Rovman Powell and the leadership provided by Andre Coley, there is great belief that we can do well. I’m looking forward to imparting my knowledge, my tactical acumen, my communication skills and my man-management skills. I get excited about putting the plans together and seeing the players execute them.”
Sammy has coaching experience in the CPL and PSL, but this will be his first assignment in international cricket.
Sammy’s leadership skills, both as a captain and coach, were central to St Lucia Kings’ recent success in the CPL. In 2020, he beat the odds and captained an unfancied Kings side to the final, despite Chris Gayle pulling out of the season.
That final was Sammy’s last game in the CPL as a player. In CPL 2021, he was appointed Kings’ T20 cricket consultant and brand ambassador. He worked with coach Andy Flower as part of the backroom staff.
Last year, Sammy took over from Flower as head coach and led them to the Eliminator, where Kings lost to eventual champions Tallawahs. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, allrounder Roston Chase and wicketkeeper-batter Johnson Charles were among the players who flourished under Sammy’s leadership at Kings.
At the PSL, Sammy had coached Peshawar Zalmi in 2020 and 2021 before being reappointed to the post for PSL 2023.
Sammy had been a mainstay for the franchise since PSL’s inception in 2016, and had been one of the more recognisable overseas faces for the the league.
As for Coley, his first assignment will be the two-match home Test series against India in July. “I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, as well as the opportunities as we sharpen our focus on moving up the Test rankings, and qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June 2025,” Coley said.
“I also look forward to working with all our stakeholders, deepening relationships and fostering a high-performance mindset.
“I am also excited to be working closely with the ‘A’ team as we seek to optimise opportunities for teams to play competitive cricket outside of our first-class competition and giving players greater exposure to different conditions at the international level. I believe that my expertise in the use of analytics, my leadership style and technical knowledge along with collaborative efforts alongside Daren, will make a positive contribution to player development and team performances.”
Brian Lara, who is currently with Sunrisers Hyderabad as their head coach in the IPL, will continue to assist West Indies as a performance mentor as he contract runs until January 2024. (ESPNcricinfo)
Nothing happens before its time. A better coach could not be appointed. No one could keep a good man down when his time comes to shine. With your wit, calmness, camaraderie and efficiency I know that your performance would be a good one. Do keep on keeping on as I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.. May God bless you.