Reifer snaps up Windies role

12 April 2019 04:45:21 EST

Floyd Reifer will take charge of West Indies at the World Cup next month after replacing Richard Pybus as interim head coach.

The appointment of Reifer - Pybus returns to his role as high performance director - comes following a meeting of Cricket West Indies' new board earlier this week.

"In my previous role as CWI Independent Director, Floyd Reifer had for some time been identified as the outstanding emerging Caribbean coach,'" said the board's president Ricky Skerritt.

"He displayed this recently by leading the West Indies A team to victories against England Lions, the West Indies senior team to the Twenty20 series win in Bangladesh and his key role in the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners win in the 2018 Super 50 tournament.

"Coaching at any major international tournament is clearly a career defining experience for West Indian coaches and players and we believe it's strategically more beneficial for a Caribbean coach with the proven skill sets to have this exposure."

Reifer - who has been given just under six months in the interim role - said: "It is a true privilege to be appointed to this position.

"I believe that I have the skills, technical abilities and winning mindset to impart on the West Indies team as we look forward to improved and consistent performances, especially as we aspire to win the Cricket World Cup for the third time.

"I want to help restore pride to our fans here in the Caribbean and around the world. We're here to win, not just compete."

The West Indies are 16/1 to win the 2019 World Cup.

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