Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reifer to retire at season’s end



Mark Fraser

Former West Indies captain Floyd Reifer will retire from regional cricket at the end of the season, Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) management has announced.

Reifer, a left-handed middle order batsman who took up the role of player coach for the CCC in 2007 after retiring from the Barbados national team, will be playing his last season for the CCC.

However he will continue as its coach, working alongside the West Indies icon and former fast bowler Curtly Ambrose.

“Floyd was asked to build out the CCC within the model established by Sir Frank Worrell; having a senior motivational player on the field, teaching tactics and strategies as the game evolves,” said Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who conceptualised the CCC project.

“This development and learning approach was fully realised by Reifer, and has so far produced many quality players for national teams as well as the West Indies.”

Reifer has had a distinguished career at the national and regional levels, and was called to duty by the WICB to lead the senior regional team in 2009 at the international level during a crisis moment in West Indies cricket.

He has led the CCC to two finals in five years and has served to establish them as a formidable force in regional competitions.

Reifer made a huge impact with the bat in the 2009 WICB four-day competition when he scored an impressive 1,002 runs with three centuries and five half centuries.

During that year CCC defeated all of the traditional regional teams — except Jamaica.