Jacobs appointed Antigua & Barbuda coach

Antigua Observer article.

St John's, Antigua - Former national and West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman, Ridley Jacobs, has been appointed head coach of the Antigua & Barbuda senior national cricket team.

Jacobs’ appointment comes as the team prepares for both the 2014 Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) Three-day Tournament and its NAGICO One-day Tournament starting in September.

The Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) had announced two weeks ago that the position of head coach, previously occupied by another former West Indies and Antigua player, Winston Benjamin, had become vacant.

A total of seven individuals to include former West Indies fast bowler, Kenneth “Flipper” Benjamin and former Leeward Islands captain, Wilden “Polo” Cornwall, had applied for the position.

The Cricket Association is however yet to make an official announcement regarding Jacobs’ appointment and repeated calls to President Zorol Barthley went unanswered. When contacted, Jacobs said he could not speak on the issue.

Reports are that former national player,John Archibald will be Jacobs’ assistant.

The ABCA, last week, announced a 24-member training squad as it commenced preparations for the upcoming sub-regional tournaments.

The squad, which includes two reserved players, consists of Alzari Joseph, Rakeem “Jimbo” Cornwall, Kareema Gore, Kadeem Phillip, Kerry Mentor, Stanny Simon, Hayden Walsh Jr, Maxwell Georgeson, Orlando “Baby” Peters, Gavin Williams, Anthony “I-Roots” Martin, Austin Richards Jr, and Daren Benta.

The other selected players are Jamal Fernandez, Mali Richards, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Kofi James, Tyrone Williams Jr, Juari Edwards, Damien Lowerfield, Chad Hampson, Sylvester “Bouncing” Joseph and Jermaine Otto.

The two reserves are Desir Strange and Shavon Moore.

Antigua and Barbuda’s opening match in the LICA Three-Day Tournament is on September 18 while their NAGICO One-day Tournament opens on September 21. Both matches will be at home against Montserrat.

First Published In The Antigua Observer.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:22