Williams relishes return as T&T coach

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Newly reappointed national cricket team coach, Kelvin Williams, is relishing the opportunity to once again lead the Red Force into a new season of competition in 2014.

After serving as senior assistant coach for the past year, Williams was pleased to return to the technical helm of the national team. 

Williams replaced 2013 coach, David Williams (no relation), who has now taken up the role of assistant coach. 

According to the experienced coach, the first item on his hectic agenda would be the January 30-February 16 Super50 Tournament which bowls off in Trinidad. 

He also revealed that under his guidance, it would be crucial for the team to secure a strong start to the coming competitive season. 

“Well the Board (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board) made a decision and I must say that I’m happy to serve again at the national senior team level,” said Williams. 

“First thing on my agenda is to try to win the Super50 tournament. It’s played in Trinidad and Tobago so it’s very important for us to maintain our class and win it. The expectations would be very high for both the fans and players. We have to be mindful of how we’re going to perform. I really want to be able to fulfill that commitment which I and the players have — which is to start on a good note for the 2014 season.” 

And with the replacement of the Caribbean T20 Tournament by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Trinidad and Tobago will have one less tournament to compete in. 

“As we know it, Trinidad and Tobago is not going to be involved in any T20 tournaments due to the CPL. Our main focus is the 50 Over and Four-Day competitions. We should have all our international stars for the 50 Over, but for the Four-Day Tournament, there will be a lot of our national players occupied with West Indies cricket,” Williams added. 

While he was not deterred by the exclusion of the game’s shortest version, Williams hoped that tournaments such as the Regional Four-Day would provide a platform for the younger nationals to step-up their game in the longer versions. 

He continued, “However, we have a lot of young players that we need to make sure they are used. This would be their opportunity to grasp. Another main focus would be more on the mental aspect of things. I think that’s where it’s a bit more important especially with the younger and upcoming players. 

“The mental aspect is one of the more monumental and crucial aspects of the game so this will be prime for us at the Regional Four-Day.” 

In conclusion, Williams lauded the many achievements of predecessor David and national team manager Omar Khan, for their successful stint at the helm of senior cricket. 

“I would like to wish David, who was tremendous over the last 15 months with the team, and Omar Khan, all the best and thank them for their loyal and great service and for what they did for Trinidad and Tobago cricket over the last 15 months. The senior team coach position always goes to and from David and myself and I think the Board is just looking at who would serve national cricket to the best.”

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 05:38