By Cricket360 Staff
A former director at Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dr. Allen Sammy will lead a committee of five that will soon commence interviews with prospective coaches for the position of Head Coach of the T&T Red Force team.
The process which started in March was thrown off by the Covid 19 pandemic and only now resumes and according to the president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath the committee will go to work soon.
The committee which is chaired by Sammy includes CWI Independent director Debra Coryat Patton, former CWI Territorial development officer Kumar Rampat, former Comptroller of Customs Ammar Samaroo, and former West Indies cricketer Ann Browne John.
TTCB has received 19 applications for the top coaching job and included among them is the incumbent Mervyn Dillon. The former West Indies fast bowler’s contract came to an end in April and the post was advertised a while before. Dillon led the T&T Red Force to second position behind the Barbados Pride in the West Indies four-day championship that was played earlier this year. That tournament was cut short by two rounds due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the Barbados Pride was crowned champions.
Also throwing their hats in the ring is Trinbago Knight Riders’ assistant coach Imran Jan, as well as Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Vinood Maharaj. The former manager of the team Roland Sampath is also in the mix. There has also been an interest shown from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa.
At the moment with no head coach in place, the national cricketers who have all been given retainers have been reporting to full time TTCB coaches David Williams and Kelvin Williams at the National Cricket Centre (NCC). It is expected that the position of head coach of the Red Force will be filled in early January so that the person selected can get ample time to work with the players ahead of the regional cricket season which is expected to bowl off in February.