Jimmy Adams’ tenure with Cricket West Indies (CWI) is set to expire at the end of June, thereby the organisation has begun searching for a replacement. Adams, a former captain of the West Indies who had a remarkable cricket career, will be leaving his role as organisation leader after six and a half years in that role.
Adams made considerable changes at CWI in several different aspects of the sport. His notable achievements include an extensive redevelopment of the High-Performance system with a focus on Coach Education & Development, Sport Science & Medicine, and the most current opening of the Academy at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Adams’ support has been recognised by CWI CEO Jonny Grave, who also highlighted his belief that Adams would continue to be involved with West Indies cricket. Grave stated, “We are extremely grateful for the leadership and contribution that Jimmy has made over the past six and half years”
“He has overhauled our High-Performance structure, especially with respect to Coach Education & Development, Sport Science & Medicine and most recently with the launch of our Academy based at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) in Antigua. I have no doubt that Jimmy will continue to contribute to the game, particularly West Indies Cricket.”
Cricket West Indies’ Initiatives During Jimmy Adams’ Stint
During Adams’ tenure, CWI also implemented separate selection panels for women’s and junior teams, launched the women’s Caribbean Premier League, and more recently established a Women’s Cricket Transformation Committee to enhance gender equity in the sport.
Despite these improvements, Adams’ West Indies men’s squad still faced challenges on the pitch. After winning the T20 World Cup in 2016, they have not advanced past the group stages in ICC competitions, and they performed badly in both World Test Championships.
In the wake of the senior men’s team’s disappointing showing in the 2022 T20 World Cup, CWI hired format-specific coaches, with Andre Coley in the position of Test cricket and Daren Sammy in charge of white-ball cricket.
Adams reminisced on the time he spent as director of cricket and was grateful for the chance of helping CWI grow. Adams said, “It’s been an honour to have been involved in the ongoing evolution of CWI,”
“I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people across the organisation and am grateful for all the support they gave me over the past six-plus years. I wish everyone all the best going forward, especially in light of the various challenges that exist both regionally and globally”.
CWI has begun its search for the next director of cricket with the objective of finding an individual who can lead the West Indies team to success on an international level and support the development of cricket in the region.