PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Recently-elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief, Ricky Skerritt, has given the assurance that interim head coach, Floyd Reifer, will remain in his post for the remainder of the year, and says there will be no “hasty political decisions” in the wake of the Caribbean side’s disastrous showing at the ICC World Cup.Speaking following West Indies’ final outing of the campaign on Thursday in Leeds, Skerritt praised Reifer as a coach with a “winning track record” and also rubbished suggestions that the change in management prior to the World Cup played a role in the team’s poor showing.West Indies won two of nine group stage matches to finish ninth in the 10-team standings on five points, their worst-ever performance at a World Cup.“That is a whole joke in terms of continuity (of coaching staff for the World Cup). In six years, we’ve had seven coaches, including Floyd Reifer who was coach for a few matches before the politics-appointed (Richard) Pybus,” Skerritt told i95.5FM sports programme here.Now people want Floyd Reifer to go and bring somebody else and then somebody else will go – that is not going to happen under my watch.“We have already put it clearly out that by the end of this year a head coach would be hired for at least a three-year plan and that is to take us to the next ODI (World Cup) of 2023.”He continued: “Floyd Reifer has a temporary contract that was always going to be up until the end of this calendar year. If he wins the recruitment process, he will then continue; if he loses the recruitment to somebody else, he will continue in some other position for three months until his one-year contract expires.“The new coach would start, if things go according to plan, somewhere early in 2020.”Englishman Pybus was controversially thrust into the role of West Indies head coach last January on the eve of the England series, a decision that resulted in public acrimony among CWI board members who feuded over the manner of the appointment.A former director of cricket, Pybus then oversaw a shock 2-1 win in the three-Test series and a 2-2 draw in the five-match ODI series.After toppling three-term incumbent Dave Cameron in March, Skerritt and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow then moved to install Reifer as interim head coach in a complete overhaul of the team management and selection panel.Warning that the shambolic means by which Pybus was appointed would not be repeated, Skerritt said the recruitment for a permanent coach would not be rushed but would be allowed to go through the proper processes.“The recruitment process will take whatever length of time it takes to get the best coach in place,” Skerritt pointed out.“Recruiting a coach involves money, involves time, involves certain administrative requirements and there are processes. We’re going to go through a methodical process and get the best people in the best timing in the best places.“We’re not panicking, we’re not going to make any hasty political decisions and repeat what has been done in the past. That’s not how we operate.”Reifer’s next assignment will be India’s tour of the Caribbean for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals from August 3 to September 3.
BEIJING, China: Her less than ideal start puts her at a disadvantage, but coach Stephen Francis believes that with a few tweaks, fast-rising Jamaican sprinter, Elaine Thompson, will be ready to test Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m. Thompson, the national champion and fifth fastest woman in the 200m this year, will be representing Jamaica in the 200m at this weekend’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with many expecting her to end her campaign with a medal around her neck. It’s an amazing change of fortunes for a youngster who last year this time was hardly on the radar of Jamaica’s track and field. With a personal best of 10.84 in the 100m, there has been much discussion about whether or not the University of Technology student should also be contesting the 100m here and bringing the challenge to her more celebrated stablemate. Soon. So says Francis, who outlined that the young sprinter’s sluggish start would leave her with no chance against Fraser-Pryce, but is expecting her to develop into one of the world’s best double sprint threat by next year. “I think she is capable of running PBs at this meet,” Francis told The Gleaner. “All things being equal she can run PBs. No one can say where what time will put you because you are responsible for your own lane. What someone else does in their lane is up to them, but I think that she will certainly; I will expect her to run faster than she has already run the season. “The plan for next year is to work on her power, strength and explosiveness to get her out of the blocks so she can have a chance against Shelly-Ann (Fraser-Pryce) because if she doesn’t do that, then she won’t have a chance,” said Francis. “And. If she masters that then she could easily be a consistent 10.7 sprinter.” It almost seems inevitable given Thompson’s immense talent. But what does it mean for Fraser-Pryce and the harmony within the MVP camp? Francis doesn’t seem too bothered. “Everybody in MVP feel that they get too little attention, we always tell them that if attention is what they need they are at the wrong place. We give them enough attention for them to perform well and so therefore if you want attention then they have to go somewhere else to someone who will give all the attention they need. What we give is performance,” said Francis. “There is the natural tendency for jealousy, but it’s something which they learn over time to keep down because it’s really what you make of it. You determine what is done with what you get, so it’s generally not a problem for me,” he added, noting that the club’s set-up also makes it easier for young athletes like Thompson to better manage the extra outside interest in her career. “Our set-up is like a closed environment, so it’s hard for that kind of stuff to filter through except from on social media, so it’s easier for them to deal with it as long as they are in our environment in the summer. She has not competed much in the summer, she did a couple strategic competitions just to establish where she was,” he said. -A.L. read more