Former West Indian captain and premier fast bowler Courtney Walsh has served in various coaching roles so far. As per the recent happenings, Courtney Walsh will coach the West Indian women’s team to oversee or supervise the national side’s preparations for the 50-over and T20 World Cup. Walsh contract will run until 2022 as revealed by Cricket West Indies.
Courtney Walsh previously worked with the West Indian women’s team in a short-term contract role during the T20 World Cup earlier in Australia. He was also part of the selection panel for the national women’s outfit in 2013 and 2016 due to which his inputs would be integral moving forward. The Jamaican will replace Andre Coley, who was in charge of West Indies as England beat them 5-0 in Derby in the recently-concluded T20 series.
Courtney Walsh, who is West Indies’ highest wicket-taker in Tests, feels honoured to be named for the role and conceded that he wanted to give back in any form he could to the West Indies cricket.
“This is indeed an honour to be named as the new Head Coach. It’s an exciting challenge and I’ve always wanted to give back in any way I can and help with the development of the game in the West Indies,” Walsh stated as quoted by India Today.
“I have a very good understanding of what is required” : Courtney Walsh
The 132-Test veteran further said that his wealth of experience, knowledge, and the overall organisational skills would be instrumental in driving the team forward. Having worked with the national team earlier this year, Walsh is confident of having an understanding of what is required. The 57-year old went on to appreciate the talent that West Indies’ women’s team has and will adopt the duty to nurture their skills and help in achieving the desired goals.
“The experience I have, my knowledge of the game, and my overall organisational skills will be key aspects as we try to develop a winning team culture. I worked with the team at the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year in Australia and in the series against India in the Caribbean last year, so I have a very good understanding of what is required. The ability and the talent are there, we have some fantastic players in the West Indies, and it will be my duty and focus to help the women to develop their talents and achieve the goals we are going to be setting together,” he added.