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Haynes, Simmons among candidates shortlisted for West Indies coach
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Haynes, Simmons among candidates shortlisted for West Indies coach

Desmond Haynes and Phil Simmons along with interim coach Floyd Reifer have been shortlisted for assuming the responsibility as the new West Indies head coach.

The three candidates will undergo a final interview scheduled on October 11 following which the next coach will be announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI).

Haynes, revered as one of the greatest opening batsmen to play the game, was previously appointed batting consultant of the West Indies under head coach Ottis Gibson eight years ago.

On the other hand, Simmons served as the West Indies coach after the conclusion of the 2015 World Cup and remained in charge of the side for one year before being sacked by the board in contentious circumstances.

Former skipper Reifer was handed the coaching role months before the 2019 World Cup when CWI decided to part ways with Richard Pybus in the post.

The three individuals were selected from a total of six candidates, who went through 90-minute personal interviews with the CWI interview panel.

The panel comprised of "CWI Vice-President Dr. Kishore Shallow, CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams, CWI HR Manager Mrs. Oneka Martin-Bird, CWI Independent Director Mrs. Debra Coryat-Patton and UK based Coaching Educator Gordon Lord," as revealed by the CWI press release.

“I am pleased to see such high-quality West Indian talent and experience in the shortlisted candidates for the Head Coach position. I believe that any one of the three finalists would be an excellent choice as head coach, and I wish them every success at the final stage of interviews," CWI President Ricky Skerritt said.

West Indies' underwhelming performance in the 50-over showpiece tournament and their subsequent losses to India at home sparked a change in leadership with CWI naming Kieron Pollard as the white-ball captain.

The first assignment for the new West Indies coach will be the team's tour to India in November where they take on Afghanistan for an all-formats series before playing three T20Is and as many ODIs against the hosts.