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Field of dreams for Jimmy Adams

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THE WEST Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed Jimmy Adams as its new Director of Cricket.

The former head coach of Kent County Cricket Club (2012 – 2016) took over the position earlier this month and has signed a three-year contract. Adams will oversee and manage all cricket matters to include development of all teams, all coaching and cricket education and other technical programmes. He will have the support of an Operations department.

TALENT
While at Kent, Adams oversaw a period in which the club invested heavily in its homegrown talent via a strong academy system; the success of which can be seen in the number of players, senior and junior, that have gained recognition in national squads and the team narrowly missing out on promotion in 2016.

Adams brings a wealth of experience to his new assignment. He has served West Indies Cricket in a variety of positions. His Test debut back in April 1992 and played 54 Tests with a highest score of 208 not out; that was at the Antigua Recreation Ground against New Zealand in the 1995 – 1996 series. Adams has also played 127 ODIs and 202 first class matches.

AVERAGE
With a playing career, just short of 20 years, he also represented Jamaica, Nottinghamshire, Orange Free State and Berkshire. He ended with a 41.26 Test average and amassed 3.012 runs.

Adams thinks the timing is right for his new role with the WICB and said: “I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean crick- et once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies.”

It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World T20 Cup success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level. West Indies tour England for a three Test and limited overs series between August and September.

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