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CWI replaces Adams as director of cricket, more change afoot under Shallow-led body

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Cricket West Indies (CWI) will replace Jimmy Adams as director of cricket when his contract expires at the end of June.

The regional cricket board announced today that it has started the recruitment process for Adams’ successor, who will be expected to oversee the technical aspects of the West Indies programme—inclusive of player development and coaching education.

CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams.

CWI CEO Johnny Grave credited Adams, who played 54 Tests and 127 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies, with:

  • Starting a Coach Education & Development department that created new CWI coaching courses and accreditations and led to over 1,000 new certified coaches in the region;
  • Launched the Men’s Academy in Antigua;
  • Starting an U-19 Regional Women’s Tournament, Women’s ‘A’ Team series and the Women’s Caribbean Premier League;
  • Establishing a Sports Science & Medicine Department to promote a “fitness culture”;
  • Implementing a new selection policy with separate women’s and youth selection panels;
  • Establishing a High-Performance Coaching Group.

“We are extremely grateful for the leadership and contribution that Jimmy has made over the past six and half years,” Grave told the CWI Media. “He has overhauled our High-Performance structure, especially with respect to Coach Education & Development, Sport Science & Medicine and most recently with the launch of our Academy based at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) in Antigua.

“I have no doubt that Jimmy will continue to contribute to the game, particularly West Indies Cricket.”

Adams, whose tenure coincided with West Indies’ fading fortunes as an international white ball team, said he was honoured to be involved in “the on-going evolution of CWI”.

West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer (centre) survives a stumping attempt during T20I action against India in Tarouba on 29 July 2022.
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“I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people across the organisation and am grateful for all the support they gave me over the past six plus years,” said Adams. “I wish everyone all the best going forward especially in light of the various challenges that exist both regionally and globally.”

New CWI president Dr Kishore Shallow said he wished Adams well.

“Jimmy has always served West Indies Cricket with passion and distinction,” said Shallow. “His composed demeanour and professionalism have inspired many positive outcomes over the years. One of his legacies would definitely be the commencement of a coaching revolution in the region.

“On behalf of the CWI Board, we wish him a favourable future path.”

CWI president Dr Kishore Shallow (left) and vice-president Azim Bassarath.
(via CWI Media)

In the two months since his promotion from CWI president to vice-president, the Shallow-led CWI has sacked Courtney Walsh as Women’s Coach, appointed Andre Coley and Daren Sammy as Men’s Test and white ball coaches respectively, and now are in the market for a new director of cricket.