On Saturday, July 8, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the appointment of Shane Deitz as the head coach of the West Indies Women’s National Cricket Team. The decision to hand over the top job to former South Australia was made at the Board of Directors meeting on Friday, June 30, 2023, in Antigua.
Shane Deitz was a consistent contributor for South Australia in domestic cricket for a decade. The wicketkeeper-batter played 66 First-class games and 27 List-A games in his career.
Deitz brings a plethora of experience with him as he took up his first coaching job way back in 2008. Since then he has coached several teams. He has coached the Women’s National Cricket Teams of the Netherlands and Bangladesh. Notably, he is currently active in his role as the head coach of the Netherlands Women’s Team.
Talking about the appointment of Shane Deitz as the head coach, Johnny Grave, CWI’s Chief Executive Officer, said that Deitz brings the right skill set to guide the team to success at the international level.
“We are pleased to announce Shane as our new West Indies Women’s Head Coach following a robust global recruitment process. Shane is well equipped for the role having coached extensively in both the Men’s and Women’s game, in his native Australia, as well as other parts of the world. He is dynamic, energetic, and is very familiar with the requirements of the women’s game. He brings the right skills and experience to drive the team and the women’s game in the West Indies forward.”
I am very honoured to have the opportunity to coach the West Indies Women’s team – Shane Deitz
Shane Deitz will begin his coaching tenure with West Indies in August-end. The first series under his watch will be against Australia away from home.
In an official statement issued by CWI, Shane Deitz said that he is honoured to be appointed as the head coach of the West Indies Women’s Team. He admitted that there’s a lot of work left to do because West Indies are way behind the top sides in world cricket. He also expressed his excitement to work with the talented squad.
“I am very honoured to have the opportunity to coach the West Indies Women’s team. West Indies cricket both men and women have a great history of success whilst playing entertaining cricket and my aim is to continue with that formula. The team has a great blend of world class senior players and some talented younger players which is a good starting point to build from. We have a lot of work to do though as reality is we are behind the top few sides in the world and we need to bridge that gap and become competitive again to challenge for World Cups in the future.
“I do believe though the nucleus is there to create a world class competitive side and that is what I will aim to do. The standard of women’s cricket is at an all-time high and we need to strive to reach those heights through good planning, a lot of hard work and then executing on the pitch. I am very excited about that challenge and can’t wait to start working with this talented squad,” he elaborated.