West Indies appoint Andre Coley as interim head coach for South Africa and Zimbabwe tours

CWI has announced the appointment of Andre Coley as interim senior men’s coach for their tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa early next year. Coley will replace Phil Simmons, who made his decision to quit after the Australian series after the West Indies group league exit at the T20 World Cup.

West Indies appointed Andre Coley as interim head coach after Phil Simmons resigned following West Indies’ disappointing display at the T20 World Cup in October. Additionally, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has also confirmed that Roddy Estwick and Monty Desai will no longer work as assistant coaches.

Coley, 48, is a former Jamaican wicketkeeper who is also the head coach of the CWI Academy program. He previously worked as the West Indies Under-19 head coach and as an assistant coach for the senior men’s and women’s teams. Notably, he was an assistant coach under Simmons when the West Indies won the Men’s T20 World Cup in 2016, and an assistant coach for the Jamaica Tallawahs when they won the CPL title earlier this year.

“To be asked to oversee the West Indies team on the upcoming tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa is a special honour. West Indies cricket holds a special place in my heart. The mission ahead will be difficult as we will face two teams in their living conditions,” Coley said in an official statement.

“We will need to ensure that our planning and preparation is appropriate, and be consistent in executing those plans, to give us the best chance of achieving positive results.”

West Indies will tour Zimbabwe next February for a two-match Test series. The two tests, scheduled for February 4-8 and February 12-16, will be played in Bulawayo. Next, they’ll do an extensive tour of South Africa, where they’ll lock horns with the Proteas in two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.

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