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Jamaican Richardson steps in as Volcanoes head coach

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) – Former Jamaica fast bowler Andrew Richardson will take charge of Windward Islands Volcanoes for the upcoming Professional Cricket League.

The 38-year-old, who grabbed 192 wickets in 68 first class matches before resorting to coaching, replaces fellow Jamaican Andre Coley who led Volcanoes since 2017.

“I'm very happy for the opportunity to work with the Windwards Volcanoes,” said Richardson, who toured England with West Indies in 2009 but failed to make his international debut.

“There's a lot of talent here that just need to be guided in the right direction and hopefully working together we can get things moving in a winning direction.”

Richardson holds a Level III coaching certificate and a university degree in Sports Science with Sports Management.

He has also served as assistant coach and manager of West Indies A and has performed similar roles in the Caribbean Premier League with Jamaica Tallawahs and in the regional domestic tournaments with Jamaica Scorpions.

Windward Islands Cricket Board President Dr Kishore Shallow said the acquisition of Richardson is a boost for the Volcanoes.

“Andrew is a fantastic addition to our setup. He brings great value with his experience as a former player and coach. He also has the exuberance required to help our players realize their fullest potential,” said Shallow, the Cricket West Indies vice-president.

“Further, I commend the recruitment panel for their utmost professionalism exhibited in the process of selecting the new head coach.”

Volcanoes are currently preparing for the Regional Super50 which bowls off from November 6 to December 1. They will do battle in Group B scheduled for Trinidad alongside Guyana Jaguars, United States, West Indies Emerging Players and hosts Red Force.

In the last first class season, Volcanoes finished last of the six franchises after winning only three matches.


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