West Indies Legend Fast bowler Courtney Walsh has been selected as head coach for Women Cricket until the end of 2022. The main aim is to prepare West Indies Women’s Team for the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.
Walsh is the leading West Indies wicket taker in Tests with 519 scalps in 132 games. He has also taken 227 wickets in ODIs and was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2010.
Walsh previously worked as an assistant coach for the Bangladesh men’s team. He was also named as the interim coach of the West India women’s team for their series against India last year. He also played a supporting role in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Championship campaign.
“I’ve always wanted to give back in every possible way and help develop the game in the West Indies,” he said after the appointment. “The experience I have, my knowledge of the game and my general organizational skills will be key aspects as we try to develop a successful team culture.
“I worked with the team in the T20 Women’s World Cup in Australia earlier this year and in the series against India in the Caribbean last year so I have a very good understanding of what it takes.
“The skills and talent are there, we have some fantastic players in the West Indies and it will be my duty and focus to help women develop their talents and achieve the goals we will set together.”
Walsh will take on the role of Gus Logie, who was appointed interim coach last year. Cricket West Indies cricket director Jimmy Adams was pleased with the appointment and declared Walsh’s role for the next several years.
“He will initially oversee the program until the end of the next two ICC Women’s World Championships in 2022 and will be instrumental in working with the high-performance CWI team to advance our entire women’s program,” he said.