Sammy and Coley to share West Indies head coach roles

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West Indies have appointed all-rounder and Twenty20 World Cup-winning captain Daren Sammy as their new coach for the white-ball teams while Andre Coley takes over the Test side.

The country's cricket board (CWI) made the double announcement on Friday.

Splitting the coaching role was recommended to help improve team preparation following an independent review of West Indies crashing out in the first round of the T20 World Cup last year in Australia.

"The introduction of separate coaches signals the start of a new approach for the West Indies men's teams, and we know it will enable greater focus on player communication, team planning and preparation to the benefit of our players and West Indies cricket," CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said in a statement.

Sammy, 39, captained both red- and white-ball West Indies teams and led the Caribbean side to two T20 World Cup titles, in 2012 and 2016.

"It will be a challenge but one that I'm ready for and excited about," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity, especially looking at the players we have and the impact that I believe I can have in the dressing room."

"When I look around there is an abundance of talent. And what I saw in South Africa, in the white-ball matches under new captains Shai Hope and Rovman Powell, and the leadership provided by Andre Coley, there is great belief that we can do well."

Coley, a former wicketkeeper for Jamaica, was interim head coach of the red-ball side when West Indies toured Zimbabwe and South Africa earlier this year. He will also coach the West Indies A team.

"I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, as well as the opportunities as we sharpen our focus on moving up the test rankings, and qualifying for the World Test Championship final in June 2025," Coley said.

Sammy has the first assignment, three ODIs against the United Arab Emirates in June. The West Indies have yet to qualify for the Cricket World Cup in India in October.

With AP