CWI appoints new batting coach

Monty Desai is the new West Indies Men’s batting coach.
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Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed little known former Canada head coach, Indian-born Monty Desai as the new West Indies Men’s Batting Coach on a two-year contract.

He has joined the squad ahead of the opening Twenty20 International three-match series against India, in India which started last week in Hyderabad.

Significantly Desai’s appointment has dashed any lingering hopes that legendary former West Indies opening batsman, Desmond Haynes would take up the role.

Haynes was snubbed for the top post of head coach, which went to former West Indies coach Phil Simmons.

But Desai, who served as Afghanistan batting coach at the World Cup qualifiers last year, has worked with Simmons before and has gained the nod.

Desai also worked with Canada, as their head coach at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.

More recently, he also worked as Batting Coach for the United Arab Emirates at the ICC T20 World Cup qualification event.

West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons said: “I have worked with Monty before and he is excellent coach. He has proven he can get players to improve on their talent and also to perform better.”

The Team Management Unit also includes Roddy Estwick as the bowling coach and Rayon Griffith as fielding coach.

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