After West Indies announced a new selection structure and policy on Monday, with the appointment of Kieron Pollard as the new captain across the white-ball formats, the “comprehensive review” they undertook will now also see the board search actively for a new head coach.
Since Richard Pybus’ sacking in April, Floyd Reifer has been filling in as the caretaker boss, but Cricket West Indies is hopeful that they will have someone in place as permanent head coach come November, when they take on Afghanistan.
A CWI statement said that the task force carried out a "four-month review" and "benchmarked cricket selection systems around the world and incorporated feedback and contributions from current and former players, coaches, administrators, franchise CEOs and nearly 2,700 fans across the Caribbean". The board will now seek applications for the head coach position via an advertisement. Applications need to come in before September 20.
A Cricket West Indies statement further said, “We will introduce new team-specific selection panels for the West Indies men's and women's and youth teams", comprising "an executive selector (lead selector), a selector and head coach.
"The full-time selectors will be supported by a selection analyst to provide performance data to support selection considerations plus a minimum of three scouts to ensure cricketers throughout the region are closely watched and evaluated.
"A modernised, transparent selection policy will see players selected against six criteria: form and performance, fitness (based on a new approved fitness and conditioning policy), team balance, mental capacity, technical ability and commitment. The playing XIs will then be selected by the executive selector, head coach and captain."
"The end product in the form of eight major recommendations is grounded in a comprehensive methodology encompassing the feedback of some 2700 stakeholders," Kishore Shallow, the CWI vice-president, said in a statement. "This is a defining document that represents momentous progress for West Indies cricket."