Written by on January 12, 2017

A former Jamaica and West Indies batsman has been appointed Director of Cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

On Tuesday, Jimmy Adams officially took over the position on a three-year contract.

Adams who turned 49 just the day before the announcement, replaces Richard Pybus, who opted not to renew his 3-year contract.

The WICB said Adams will oversee and manage all cricket matters to include development of all teams and all coaching, cricket education, and other technical programs.

Adams joins the WICB after serving 5 seasons as head coach of the Kent County Cricket Club in the U.K.

As a West Indies player, he played 54 Tests and 127 one-day internationals, scoring 3,012 and 2,204 runs respectively. Representing Jamaica, Nottinghamshire, Orange Free State, and Berkshire, Adams also played 127 ODIs and 202 first class matches. He ended his 20-year career with a 41.26 Test average.

Of being named Director of WICB Cricket, Adams said he feels the timing is right for his new role and said “I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies.”

Earlier this week the WICB announced it has appointed Englishman Johnny Graves as its new CEO. However, the West Indies are still without a head coach after the departure of Phil Simmons last September.

Adams originally applied for the head coach position, but was persuaded to take up the role of the director of cricket at the recommendation of the outgoing Pybus.

Jimmy Adams will be based at the WICB office in Antigua.

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