West Indies appoint Monty Desai as batting coach

Monty Desai

West Indies have appointed Monty Desai as the batting coach of the senior men’s team on a two-year contract.

esai, who has held coaching roles with Afghanistan, Nepal, Indian regional teams and IPL teams Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions in a career of over 12 years, most recently worked with batsmen from the UAE and Canada.

“I am very excited to join a team with such a rich history in the world cricket arena, one that I myself grew up admiring,” Desai said in a Cricket West Indies media statement. “I am very much looking forward to being part of a journey where I can help to create a winning work environment, learn and embrace a new culture, and build a ‘happy dressing room’ tradition alongside other excellent leaders.

“I am eager to join forces with head coach Phil Simmons and director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, and our captains, such that I may contribute in every possible way to the success of our team.”

Desai joined head coach Simmons’ set-up, which includes bowling coach Roddy Estwick and fielding coach Rayon Griffith, ahead of the limited-overs series against India, which starts on December 6 in Hyderabad.

“I have worked with Monty before and he is an excellent coach,” Simmons said. “He has proven he has the ability to get players to improve on their talent and also to perform better in matches. He has vast knowledge of the game and it is good he is starting here with us in India. I look forward to seeing him work with our batsmen in all formats as we look to get better in all areas.”

Desai is the second Indian on the West Indies coaching staff after AR Srikkanth, who has been hired as the team analyst on a two-year deal. Srikkanth is one of the most senior analysts in T20 cricket, having been part of Kolkata Knight Riders for over a decade. He has also been part of teams in the CPL and BPL and is familiar with senior West Indian players who have featured in the IPL and the CPL, where he is the analyst with Trinbago Knight Riders.