Monty Desai will join the team ahead of the T20I series against India © Getty
Monty Desai has been appointed by West Indies as the batting coach for the men’s team on a two-year contract. Desai served as Canada’s head coach at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 and as Afghanistan’s batting coach at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in 2018. More recently, he was UAE’s batting coach at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
Desai will join the team ahead of the first of the three T20Is against India, scheduled for Friday (December 6) at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.
“Let me first thank CWI for this incredible opportunity. I am very excited to join a team with such a rich history in the world cricket arena, one that I myself grew up admiring,” Desai said on his appointment. “I am very much looking forward to being part of a journey where I can help to create a winning work environment, learn and embrace a new culture, and build a ‘happy dressing room’ tradition alongside other excellent leaders. I am eager to join forces with Head Coach Phil Simmons and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams, and our captains, such that I may contribute in every possible way to the success of our team.”
Simmons said that he’s looking forward to Desai helping players improve on their talent and perform better.
“I have worked with Monty before and he is an excellent coach. He has proven he has the ability to get players to improve on their talent and also to perform better in matches,” Simmons said. “He has vast knowledge of the game and it is good he is starting here with us in India. I look forward to seeing him work with our batsmen in all formats as we look to get better in all areas.”
West Indies’s team management also includes bowling coach Roddy Estwick and fielding coach Rayon Griffith.