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Courtney Walsh appointed West Indies women head coach
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Courtney Walsh appointed West Indies women head coach

Former Caribbean pace bowling great Courtney Walsh has been named the new head coach of the West Indies women's team, the sport's national body announced.

The 57-year-old will take over the reins of the team until the end of 2022 and oversee their run in the ICC Women's World Cup and the T20 World Cup.

Walsh boasts a legendary status in West Indies cricket as he continues to be his side's leading wicket-taker in Tests with 519 scalps to his name in 132 games.

He had earlier worked on a short-term basis with the women's team in the assistant coach capacity at this year's T20 World Cup in Australia.

"I've always wanted to give back in any way I can and help with the development of the game in the West Indies," he said in a statement released by the board.

"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.

Walsh's administrative portfolio has seen him serve as the Bangladesh men's team assistant coach and West Indies selector in the past.