Jimmy Adams, the former West Indies captain, has been appointed by the West Indies Cricket Board as its new director of cricket on Tuesday (January 10). Adams, who has signed a three-year contract, will be replacing Richard Pybus, who had also served for three years.
“Jimmy will oversee and manage all cricket matters to include development of all teams, all coaching and cricket education and other technical programmes,” the WICB said in a statement. “He will have the support of an Operations department.”
The 49-year-old Adams played 54 Tests for West Indies, scoring over 3000 runs at an average of 41, in addition to playing 127 One-Day Internationals, in which he scored over 2200 runs. He was appointed as the head coach of English county side Kent in 2012 and was credited with nurturing local homegrown talent during his spell. Adams then stepped down last year from his role following the WICB’s decision to sack Phil Simmons as West Indies coach. But he was advised to take over the role of the director of cricket despite applying for the vacant head coach role.
“I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again,” Adams said following the appointment. “And I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies.”
The outgoing director Pybus was confident that Adams’ experience would help in making West Indies a top force in international cricket again. “I look forward to Jimmy bringing the breadth of his international experience and knowledge of cricket in the Caribbean to continue the work of rebuilding West Indies Cricket,” Pybus said. “It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World Cup’s success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level.”