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Former South Africa pace bowler Alfonso Thomas has been appointed as the West Indies’ bowling coach.
Thomas’ appointed comes ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers, where the West Indies will be aiming to secure one of the two spots available in next year’s World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.
Thomas is the ninth-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket and has played all over the world, including in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL), Bangladesh Premier League (IPL) and Somerset in England.
Meanwhile, ex-West Indies leg-spinner Rawl Lewis has been named the West Indies’ team manager.
“We are focused on improving team performance, as well as broadening and deepening the coaching expertise in the region,” Cricket West Indies director Jimmy Adams was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying. “We know we’ve got vital games and tournaments this year and we’re confident that these appointments will strengthen the Windies squads for this year and our future plans.”
Speaking about other changes made, Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave said: “Joel Garner has agreed to become an Ambassador, supporting the fundraising IT20 match at Lord’s at the end of May and helping us launch the Windies Foundation planned for later this year.
“Ronald Rogers will remain in the region working with Alzarri Joseph on his rehabilitation programme following his stress fracture.”