ST JOHN’S, Antigua, July 16, 2016 – Former West Indies pacer Joel Garner has been appointed manager of the West Indies senior men’s cricket team, according to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
In making the announcement, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said that Garner will join the team for the upcoming Four-Test Series against India which starts on Thursday in Antigua. The contract will be for a period of three years.
He will replace Grenadian Rawl Lewis, who has been acting in the position since the departure of Richie Richardson who was appointed to the Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referees earlier this year.
Garner brings a wealth of management and cricketing experience to the job. He served as interim manager for the 2009 to 2010 period which included West Indies tours of Australia and Sri Lanka; South Africa and Zimbabwe tours to the West Indies and the ICC World Twenty20 which was held in the Caribbean in 2010. He also served as West Indies A Team manager.
Garner worked for Cable & Wireless in the telecommunications industry in Barbados as well as a senior officer at the island’s National Sports Council.
He served in several roles to promote cricket in the Caribbean at events such as the World Travel Market.
He has been President of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) for the last three terms and contested the post of the WICB presidency in 2013.
Garner has been a director on the board for the WICB and during the period has sat on venue development and cricket committees.
Hailed as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, he played 58 Test matches and 98 One-Day Internationals between 1977 and 1987.
He took 259 Test wickets at an average of 20.97 each and 146 wickets in ODIs at an average of 18.84 and economy rate of 3.09 per over. He was a World Cup hero in 1979 as West Indies beat England at Lords to win the prestigious title for the second time.
“I always answer the call in West Indies cricket. It is always an honour to serve in any capacity in West Indies cricket and I’m pleased to be back with the team as manager to share my knowledge and experience to the team and be an ambassador for West Indies cricket and the region,” Garner said.
West Indies will face India in four Test matches in the upcoming series. The first match bowls off on Thursday, July 21 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The other matches are scheduled for Sabina Park, Jamaica (July 30 to August 3); at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia (August 9 to 13) and at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad (August 18 to 22).