News coming out of windiescricket.com on September 24,2108 headlines read “Stuart Law Resigns as Head Coach of Windies Men”.
This comes right on the heels of the team being denied access to the cricketing grounds in India to practice before the two teams upcoming series. “They tried to get into India but were told that there weren’t any places available for them. Law reported that it would have been less travel expense. At the end of the day, we the spectators will never know if there is still bad blood brewing between these two from the abandoned tour by Cricket West Indies last time the two teams met.
Before Law, there was Phil Simmons who coached the West Indies team (2015 – 2016). WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead was very influential in having Simmons sign on as head coach of West Indies Cricket. Muirhead said of his signing, “Phil has a proven ability to develop players while cultivating great team spirit and a winning culture, we have a number of young, talented players about whom he is excited to be coaching and we believe he is the right fit”. In 2016 he led the West Indies team to a historic second T20 world cup victory in India. At the time the former top-ranking cricket team was in a period of significant struggles, and he was tasked with bringing the team from near the bottom of the top ten rankings and back into prominence.
After all the fanfare of bringing West Indies back into the limelight of there winning ways, Phil Simmons and the current WICB didn’t see eye to eye on several matters. It was felt that after winning ICC T20 Worldcup and playing several International matches the team was still not up to par and still and the bottom of the rankings, plus Simmons and the board still couldn’t agree on many things so they board saw it fit path way’s with Simmons. Nevertheless, Simmons was leaving West Indies with nowhere to go, he was on his way to Afghanistan to take up responsibilities as the batting coach for Afghanistan national cricket team and later on, was appointed as the head coach in 2017.
With all that in place, a position was open for WICB to acquire a new coach for West Indies Cricket men’s team. Then came Stuart Law as Coach of West Indies Men’s team.
Stuart Grant Law, born October 8, 1968, in Australia, he played in one test and 54 One Day Internationals (ODI’s) for Australia. Law also captained Queensland to five Sheffield Shield titles and two one day trophies, making him the most successful captain in Australia domestic cricket; he is also Queensland’s all-time leading run scorer in first-class cricket.
Law’s skill set in the game of cricket sees him been credited as head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team (2011 – 2012) and West Indies cricket team (2017 – 2019). For West Indies Cricket team he guided the Test team to a series win against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and the ODI team through to the ICC World Cup Qualifiers and into 2019 Cricket World Cup.
With Law’s going off in January 2019 to take up coaching duties at Middlesex many supporters like myself are left wondering will we resort to seeking an overseas coach and pay them big bucks or will we hire a retired West Indian cricketer to fill the position then end up micromanaging that individual? That remains to be seen as it’s a bit difficult to actually know exactly what or who, CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams is looking for in terms of a Head Coach for our team.
Cricket West Indies isn’t out of the woods yet, mainly because our players are struggling and we have yet to find an opening pair and a good wicket-keeper batsman that make a tremendous difference within the team for upcoming tours and also when the world cup of Cricket 2019 begins. Reports coming from Cricket West Indies chief Executive Officer Johnny Graves are that he is absolutely disappointed that Law’s leaving as he believes that the team has made real progress under Law as head coach. Our board needs to come to its sense and see that we cannot in anyway shape or form discard or retired cricketers who have served us well and can make an excellent contribution to the sports in nurturing many of our players to bring the team back to it former glory days of being on top in the sport of Cricket.
Clive Lloyd, Otis Gibson Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh not to mention Phil Simmons contributed significantly to the development of Cricket West Indies but it would appear that strategically they all weren’t seeing the true vision that the board had for the team so they were relinquished of their respective position at the time. It’s a crying shame that we have the talent and fail to utilize in the best was possible so other times that truly want to be where Cricket West Indies team were in their glory days have decided to bite the bullet and find the money to pay many of our greats we have discarded and use them to our disadvantage that they have now become a force to be reckoned with against the once mighty West Indies.
With all this being said about how Stuart Law will be sadly missed yes he will but like it or not Cricket West Indies will be everyone’s beating stick and more so than ever the laughing stock in International cricket due to the fact everyone being way advanced than us and they know our weakness inside out.