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WICB boss dismisses Arthur reports

Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron, has dismissed reports that former Australia and South Africa coach, Mickey Arthur, is a front-runner for a similar post in the Caribbean.

Arthur, who guided world champions Australia between 2011 and 2013, and South Africa from 2005-2010, has been tipped to take over from Ottis Gibson, who parted company with the WICB recently.

"His (Arthur) name has been mentioned by the press, not by the West Indies Cricket Board," said Cameron when asked about the South African.

"We have been accepting applications, and, have shortlisted a couple of people and are having talks with them.

"We expect that this process will take a few months, as mostly everybody is already contracted, but it will be very transparent."

Arthur, who led a transformation of South Africa's fortunes during his tenure, including several series wins over Australia and England, coached the Jamaica Tallawahs during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.

The 46-year-old, who was the first foreign-born coach of Australia, was last month also listed as a front-runner along with fellow ex-South African coach, Ray Jennings, for the position of coach of Sri Lanka.

no policy position

Meanwhile, Cameron, who is hoping to fill the vacancy by later this year, said the board has not adopted a policy position as to whether or not the coach should be West Indian.

"There is no preference at this point," he said in response to questions as to what is the preferred choice of the new coach's nationality.

West Indies, who are at present being coached by manager, Sir Richie Richardson, against touring Bangladesh, are scheduled to travel to India next month for three Tests, five one-dayers, and a one-off Twenty20.

They will then travel to South Africa, where they are scheduled to play three Tests, five one-dayers, and three Twenty20s in December and January.

The ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will then follow in February and March 2015.