Recently appointed captains Jason Holder and Stafanie Taylor have been given the assurance that the West Indies Cricket Board is prepared to offer them professional support services, as they approach the leadership roles in their respective teams.
The offer was made when WICB director of cricket Richard Pybus wrote the two captains following their recent appointments.
“The directors and the management of the WICB recognised that being captain of a West Indies team is a unique challenge and carries an enormous burden of responsibility,” Pybus said.
“We have written and offered them access to whatever support systems they believe is necessary for them to handle their responsibilities in a purposeful manner.”
Holder, the current One-day International captain, had the responsibility of Test captain added to his portfolio, as the team prepares for next month’s Tour of Sri Lanka, where the side will play two Tests, three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.
Taylor, a former ICC Player-of-the-Year, was elevated to captain of the West Indies Women’s team ahead of their International Home Series against Pakistan Women also taking place next month, when they will play four ODIs in St. Lucia and three Twenty20 Internationals in Grenada.
Pybus said Holder has already been benefitting from mentoring from convenor of selectors, Clive Lloyd.
“As a legend of the game, a successful international captain and in the role of convenor of selectors, Clive is uniquely placed to give valuable insight and we have encouraged Jason to lean on his wisdom, so he can manage the transition to the leadership position,” said Pybus.
Lloyd was a legendary captain that led the West Indies Men in 74 Tests and 84 One-day Internationals during a period of unmatched dominance in the game between 1974 and 1985.
“Clive is also available to Stafanie, but we will also work with her to identify a suitable mentor going forward,” said Pybus.
The WICB has also offered both captains the opportunity to employ an executive coach to assist them with their personal development.
“The WICB is committed to their long-term development and success in their new roles, and we believe this will help Jason and Stafanie to focus while they settle in,” said Pybus.
“We have full confidence that Jason and Stafanie will lead with courage and conviction, and do a wonderful job of moving their respective teams forward, so we have taken steps to help them to plan and manage their time effectively.” (windiescricket)