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Stuart Law has stepped down as the West Indies’ head coach in order to take charge of Middlesex.
Law, whose decision came less than two years after he was appointed head coach, will conclude his tenure after the West Indies’ tours of India in October and Bangladesh in November.
Following those two tours, he will move to England and begin his four-year deal with Middlesex, where he will coach the county side in all three formats.
“I have had to make the difficult decision to leave my role of head coach with CWI,” Law said in a press release as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “It has been very enjoyable, and I believe we have made tremendous strides forward as a team during the past two years.
“I will be taking a role with Middlesex which will keep me close to my family, whilst continuing within the cricket family. I wish the players and staff of CWI every success in the future.”
During his tenure, the West Indies rose in the Test team rankings and also qualified for the 2019 World Cup.
Law also played an instrumental role in bringing star players like Chris Gayle back into the national team. Up until that point, such players were not selected to play for the West Indies due to their frosty relationship with Cricket West Indies.
The West Indies won six out of the 15 Tests they played under Law’s guidance, and also triumphed in eight of the 19 Twenty20 Internationals they featured in.
“I am disappointed that Stuart is leaving as I believe that we have made real progress under his leadership,” Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave said. “I know it was a difficult decision for him and that ultimately the opportunity to work in England, where his family is now based, was a major factor in his decision. We will start the process to appoint a new head coach immediately.”
Law will replace Richard Scott, who left Middlesex midway through the season. His appointment across all three formats also ends former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori’s two-year tenure as the county team’s specialist Twenty20 coach.
“We have always tried to recruit the right kind of person at Middlesex and we believe Stuart is the right man to build on the foundations laid over the past decade,” Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s director of cricket, said. “He will provide a fresh voice and a fresh vision to inspire our players, and drive them towards our twin goals of promotion back to Division One of the county championship and limited-overs success.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard Johnson for leading the 1st XI in the county championship since July. Richard has done an excellent job since taking over from Richard Scott and has helped Middlesex finish the season on a positive note.
“I would also like to thank Daniel Vettori for his time and commitment to Middlesex as T20 coach. During the two spells Daniel had with us, he made a really positive impression on everyone at the club and we are grateful that he has been so understanding that the arrival of a new coach means that his specialist role will not be required next year.”