With three changes made to the management of the Barbados Pride team for the imminent regional first-class championship, Conde Riley, chairman of Cricket Franchise of Barbados Inc., believes the most significant is a fast bowling consultant.
Taking up that position is Roddy Estwick, a former Barbados and West Indies “B” team fast bowler, who has coached the West Indies Under-19 side and is also the long-standing cricket coach at Combermere school. He replaces assistant coach Dexter Toppin.
Livingstone Coppin, an experienced Barbados team manager at both the junior and senior levels, was appointed to manage the side in place of Hartley Reid but he belatedly withdrew following recent family bereavements, while Gary Belle, who plays for CounterPoint Wanderers, takes over as analyst from Rodney Ashby.
“A couple months ago it was mooted by the West Indies Cricket Board that they were going to have points for fast bowling. That is not any longer on the table. I think that is going to come from next year. That was one of the reasons why we thought we should sharpen up on the fast bowlers,” Riley said at a press conference at Kensington Oval yesterday.
“Also, Miguel Cummins who has been on every West Indies “A” team tour since he burst onto the scene with 35 wickets a couple years ago, developed a no-ball problem and went backwards. Last year, at some point in time the chairman of selectors and head coach would have had him working with Roddy to try to work that out.
“We have Kemar Roach who has gone slightly backwards. It was felt that Roddy would be a welcome addition to getting our fast bowlers spot on at the level of international fast bowlers. As you know, he is the coach of choice for the West Indies Cricket Board for the fast bowling camps and general camps, so we figure he is here and why not use him,” said Riley, who is also a BCA Board member and WICB director.
“As far as the manager is concerned, he withdrew for personal reasons only within the last 48 hours. We spoke with someone to replace him and we expect to make that announcement soon.
“The person who pulled out was Livingstone Coppin. He had a number of bereavements recently. His brother and nephew passed away.”
In relation to Belle, Riley said: “Gary has been working with the Barbados team in the trials over the last few years and he is well equipped to take on the job.”
Head coach Henderson Springer stressed that despite Estwick’s appointment, he would expect Toppin and fellow BCA coach Emmerson Trotman to continue working with the players.
“It is my opinion that as far as the support coaching is concerned, this team, albeit a franchise team, is a Barbados Cricket Association representative team as well,” Springer said.
“And they [Toppin and Trotman] are employees of the Barbados Cricket Association like myself and I expect a similar effort because as both of them would say, they are people who love cricket and at the end of the day it is my belief that the cricketers must be the main beneficiaries to whatever we do. So I expect to still get the effort that they would have put in over the past couple of sessions.” (BCA)