The 2014 edition of the Caribbean Premier League will see a host of new coaches taking charge of the six franchises. Among the casualties is Englishman Paul Nixon who guided the Jamaica Tallawahs to victory in the inaugural season last year.
Only one coach from 2013, former West Indies player and coach Roger Harper of beaten finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors, has retained his job. Nixon has been replaced by former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur. Among the other changes were Gordon Greenidge of Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel being replaced by Simon Helmot, current coach of the Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Big Bash League, which is also the team of Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo; Desmond Haynes of Barbados Tridents giving way to his former assistant Robin Singh; another former Australia coach Tim Nielsen taking over from Sir Vivian Richards at Antigua Hawksbills and Matthew Maynard replacing Sir Andy Roberts at St Lucia Zouks.
“We brought in a new director of cricket, Tom Moody because what we wanted to do was raise the level of experience of coaches and assistant coaches,” CEO of the CPL, Damien O’Donohoe told the Express yesterday. He added that for the second season of the League, there was a lot of interest from coaches around the world.
“Criteria needed to be met and unfortunately Paul did not meet some of those criteria,” he said.
O’Donohoe said some of the criteria “was based around coaching badges and experience.”
While West Indies icons Greenidge, Haynes, Richards and Roberts have been replaced however, the CPL has kept them on as mentors attached to the various franchises. Joining them in that capacity will be former Amazon Warriors assistant coach Sir Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.
Explaining the new positions, O’Donohoe said, “the reason why we elevated the legends to mentors was that we felt that...they were vital to the CPL. Some of them said we really don’t want the pressure that comes with coaching...(and) we want them working year-round developing cricket. What we are trying to develop is a legacy.”
O’Donohoe said the CPL was working with the West Indies Cricket Board to develop a programme in which the mentors could carry out this mandate.
Commenting on the changes, director of cricket Moody said via press release: “We’re extremely pleased to have secured such a strong lineup of talented and respected coaches for this year’s tournament. With their technical expertise, along with guidance from our legendary mentors, the standard of cricket this year is set to be higher than ever.”
The 2014 edition of the CPL will take place from July 29 to August 26.
Following is the full list of franchise players and coaching staff for 2014:
Jamaica Tallawahs: Chris Gayle (franchise player), Mickey Arthur (coach), Junior Bennett (assistant coach), Courtney Walsh (mentor)
Barbados Tridents: Kieron Pollard (franchise player), Robin Singh (coach), Henderson Springer (assistant coach), Desmond Haynes (mentor)
T&T Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (franchise player), Simon Helmot (coach), David Williams (assistant coach), Gordon Greenidge (mentor)
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Sunil Narine (franchise player), Roger Harper (coach), Sir Curtly Ambrose (mentor)
St Lucia Zouks: Darren Sammy (franchise player), Matthew Maynard (coach), Stuart Williams (assistant coach), Sir Andy Roberts (mentor)
Antigua Hawksbills: Marlon Samuels (franchise player), Tim Nielsen (coach), Carl Hooper (assistant coach), Sir Vivian Richards (mentor)