Bridging the Gap Between International, First-Class Cricket the Major Aim – Richard Pybus
Windies Cricket has seen it all in recent years. From being World T20 Champions to crashing out of the Champions Trophy qualification last year, Windies is one of the most inconsistent teams.
Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies has recently appointed Richard Pybus as their High-Performance Director. However, Pybus feels its necessary to bring talents from the grassroots level.
Furthermore, this is the second stint for Pybus. Earlier, he held the position of Cricket director from 2013 to 2016. During this period West Indies’ won in one World T20s, a women’s World T20, and a U-19 World Cup.
Pybus wants to bridge the gap:
Pybus will work alongside the chairman of selectors and all the technical coaches. They will try to improve the high-performance programmes and standards in franchise cricket.
“Build out the high-performance programmes across the region so that they are able to provide a level of consistent excellence in player development and elite performance,” Pybus said to Sportstar.
Pybus also aims to make first-class cricket more competitive.
“The target would be to build out capacity in the programmes, ensuring we identify and support our best young players. Supporting the franchise first-class set-ups to help them bridge the gap between international and first-class cricket is the major aim,” Pybus states.
Roadmap for next few years:
Pybus aims to streamline the programmes across the region to develop young prospects.
“My job is to streamline the programmes across the region and help develop elite talent through junior and senior programmes to feed into the senior team. The target would be to build out capacity in the programmes, ensuring we identify and support our best young players. Supporting the franchise first-class set-ups to help them bridge the gap between international and first-class cricket is the major aim,” Pybus said.
In conclusion, Pybus admitted if right structures and system can be built, it would be very successful.
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