Cricket West Indies has announced Andre Coley as the interim head coach for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Coley joins the Windies at a crucial time as they try to bounce back after a string of poor performances. Former fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts feels that the players are more responsible for the West Indies’ failures than the coaches.
After their first-round elimination from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, WI conducted an internal investigation into the team’s performance, and then coach Phil Simmons announced he would step down following the team’s tour of Australia. The Windies team has changed coaches multiple times in the last two decades without finding a solution.
Coach Has To Do Is To Make Sure They Go Through Their Drills – Andy Roberts
Pace bowling legend Andy Roberts told the Jamaica Observer that coaches are being used as scapegoats for poor results. Roberts highlighted that no changes were made to the team after losing the matches.
“That’s exactly what they’re doing. They have someone to blame, they’re blaming the coaches. How come we didn’t make five changes for the one-day international (ODI) team? We lost 2-0 in Australia; how come we didn’t make five changes to the Test team?
“My emphasis doesn’t depend on coaching. It depends on the players shouldering the responsibility to develop their game to the point that all the coach has to do is to make sure they go through their drills.”
We’re Wasting A Whole Lot Of Dollars On Employing Coaches – Andy Roberts
Roberts said the problems started in 2005, when Australian Bennett King was appointed as the first foreign coach. He feels that making a lot of changes is a waste of time and money.
“I think we’re wasting a whole lot of dollars on employing coaches and our cricket still hasn’t moved an inch upwards. If it moved anywhere, it’s downwards,” he added.