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Floyd Reifer named head coach of West Indies Under-19

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The former West Indies captain had also served as the head coach of the senior side at the 2019 ODI World Cup

Floyd Reifer, the former West Indies captain, has been appointed as the head coach of the Under-19 team and will lead the “development of the squad” as they prepare for next year’s Under-19 World Cup at home.

Reifer, who played six Tests, eight ODIs and one T20I, has also served as West Indies’ interim head coach during the 2019 World Cup. His other coaching gigs include the UWI Blackbirds, the Combined Campuses and Colleges, the West Indies Emerging Players, and the West Indies A Team. Most recently, Reifer served as West Indies’ batting coach during the team’s tour to England, and was the head coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL, where the side reached the semi-finals.

“It is great to be coaching the young players of the West Indies and trying to guide them as we prepare for the World Cup at home. I am excited to have already begun the work and I’m sure the young men are also very enthusiastic,” Reifer, a certified Level 3 coach, said in a media release.

“We have solid plans. The programme we have in place is science and technology-based and it looks at all aspects of their game, including cricket fundamentals and personal development. It is very intense and based on creating an ‘elite athlete’ with a professional mindset.

“We have held meetings with coaches and the territorial boards and they are all happy with the direction we are going.”

Reifer will take over the role from Graeme West, who led the team to the title at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. West will continue to be involved as a High Performance Manager.

“I am happy that we have been able to appoint Floyd to lead our Under-19 programme and take the lads through to the World Cup early next year,” Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, said. “Graeme West will provide valuable support for Floyd in the planning and execution of the programme all the way through to the World Cup next year.”



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Sri Lanka Cricket says Chaminda Vaas ‘holding the game to ransom’ after fast bowling coach resigns

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Board says former pacer made his “irresponsible move on the eve of the team’s departure, based on personal monetary gain”

Just days after being appointed as Sri Lanka’s fast bowling coach, Chaminda Vaas has resigned from the post with immediate effect, with SLC accusing the former fast bowler of holding “the game at ransom”. The move comes a day out from the national team’s departure for their tour of the West Indies, and has left SLC scrambling for a replacement.

ESPNcricinfo understands that SLC will take a decision on Vaas’ replacement as a matter of urgency, with the selection likely to be from one of the coaches currently working at the high performance centre.





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India v England, 2020-21 – England’s seamers are ‘licking their lips’ to use pink ball, says Ben Stokes

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England’s seamers have been “licking their lips” at the thought of using a pink ball under floodlights in Ahmedabad, according to Ben Stokes.

While England succumbed to a defeat by 317 runs in a second Test dominated by the spinning ball, Stokes believes the third could be “a completely different game” with the seamers expected to play a larger role.

Indeed, Stokes claims the seamers’ net session under lights on Sunday had to be abandoned after conditions became “really dangerous” and “a few guys actually got hit”. Partially as a consequence, he feels England have a “great chance” to fulfil one of his career ambitions and establish a series-defining position in the coming days.

Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Jofra Archer have been licking their lips, I can tell you,” Stokes told talkSPORT. “It’s a completely different game.

“It was funny in training yesterday, when the lights came on, the nets actually got really dangerous. The bowlers had to stop bowling in the nets because we were actually worried that some of the batters were going to get injured because the ball started jumping off a length and a few guys actually got hit.

“We had to take the bowlers out into the middle to finish their spells. Whether that’s going to be similar in the middle we’re not sure. But you can tell the difference when bowling with a red ball in the normal times you see Tests played to bowling with a pink ball when the lights are on.”

While England’s experience may turn out to reveal more about the quality of pitches in the nets rather than anything about the pink ball, it does strengthen the suspicion that England may revert to an attack including only one spinner in this Test. If that were the case, it would probably mean Joe Root operating as a second spinner to Jack Leach with no recall for Dom Bess.

Anderson looks certain to return with the new ball, with Archer also likely to be recalled having overcome a minor elbow injury. That means Chris Woakes, whose batting could be crucial as England seek to avoid a long tail, could be vying with Broad for the final spot in the side.

Archer, who missed the second Test through injury, revealed in a separate interview that he had had a cortisone injection to help settle an elbow complaint, adding that he had been expecting to sit out that contest anyway on account of England’s rest and rotation policy.

“I tried to use the best of the two-week window,” Archer said. “I could have played the second Test if needed but I was going to be rested anyway so I just tried to get the cortisone injection then so I would have enough time to rebuild for the third Test

“It’s always nice to be in competition for a spot,” he added. “If I don’t get it that’s fine. I would much rather win the Test series than try to play lots of games.”

Stokes also admitted he had been inspired to make improvements in his own game by his captain. Such was Root’s hunger for self-improvement that Stokes said he had rethought his own game-plans and become a more consistent player as a result.

“I look at Rooty,” Stokes said. “He’s one of the best players in the world. I’m going to say it now: he is England’s greatest batsman to play the game.

“But he’s still looking at ways to improve as a player and a captain. It’s amazing to watch someone with his skill doing that. Even as a senior player, I look up to how he’s always trying to improve. That’s what I do: I always try and evolve and try to work things out to become a better player. No one is ever the finished article. There’s always room for improvement with every player.

“I got rid of the ‘this is how I play’ excuse massively – in terms of always looking to be aggressive or attacking – when I realised that was just an excuse for when failures happen.

“Every now and then the ‘that’s how I play’ mind-set would work and pay off ,and I’d do some decent things. But not as consistently as I can now. I expect a lot more of myself these days compared to back then.



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Ind vs Eng – 3rd Test – Ahmedabad – Umesh Yadav added to India Test squad

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Fast bowler cleared a fitness Test and will be part of the squad for both remaining games

Umesh Yadav has been added to India’s squad for the third and fourth Tests against England after clearing a fitness test. Yadav, who had given the fitness test on Sunday, was formally added to the squad on Monday, two days ahead of the third Test, which will be a pink-ball, day-night affair. Yadav will be available for selection for the match at the new stadium in Motera, which starts from February 24. The fourth and final Test will take place at the same venue from March 4, though that will be a traditional red-ball game.

Yadav replaces Shardul Thakur in the Indian squad. Thakur has been released to play in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy – India’s domestic 50-overs competition – where he will turn out for Mumbai.



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