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Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jerome Taylor

WICB begins search for new coach

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that a global search has been launched to find a new head coach for the West Indies Cricket team.

A WICB statement released yesterday said the new coach must have a proven track record as a world-class coach, sound practical experience in developing elite players and teams, as well as at least five years experience as a head coach.

The position became vacant following the resignation of Ottis Gibson in August with more than a year remaining on his contract.

"We expect a lot of interest in this position from not only within the Caribbean, but from outside the region," said WICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead.

"Our stakeholders and our fans have high expectations. Though there have been periods of success in recent times, we have struggled to consistently maintain that success over a sustained period."

The WICB says Gibson's replacement must have International or first-class coaching credentials.


Taylor's secret weapon

MUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has told reporters in India that he plans to use the bouncer as a strategic weapon of choice during the series on the sub-continent which gets under way next week.

The 30-year-old pacer who has a good record in India - including a hat-trick at the Brabourne Stadium in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, says, however, that he does not intend to overuse the delivery because of the slow surfaces.

India and West Indies play the first one-day international (ODI) of the series on Wednesday in Kochi.

"It is not a matter of bouncing them out ... it is a weapon which I have," he told reporters in Mumbai.

The tour of India will be Taylor's first full series since his return to international cricket after a lengthy layoff due to injury.


Barbados sends 20 to Huntsman's Games

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):Barbados is being represented by a team of 20 senior athletes at the Huntsman World Senior Games which start on Monday and run for two weeks in Utah, United States.

The team comprises 10 females and 10 males who will compete in the disciplines of archery, basketball, cycling, table tennis and track and field.

They will be accompanied by a team of officials including the country's Minister of Social Care, Steven Blackett.

Barbados has been represented at the Huntsman World Senior Games annually since 2004.

Last year, the senior team participated in the same activities and netted 88 medals, including 42 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 21 bronze medals.

A government statement says participation is encouraged as part of an initiative to assist older persons in remaining healthy and physically fit as they age.