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CWI defend Pybus appointment amid criticism

Cricket West Indies have defended the decision to appoint Richard Pybus as the new head coach despite a storm of criticism.

Pybus, who previously worked as director of cricket for the West Indies from 2013 to 2016, will coach the team for the forthcoming series against England, the World Cup and the visit of India in July and August.

"Following a meeting of the board of directors, the organisation affirmed that the appointment of Pybus was made with the support of more than two-thirds of its board to ensure the team had strong leadership ahead of the busy cricket season this year," said a CWI statement.

The Englishman was blamed by former skipper Darren Sammy for causing the West Indies squad to strike on the 2016 India tour.

"Moses led God's children out of Egypt and a 40days journey took them 40years because of stubbornness. The 2019 worldcup will be 40years since WI won," tweeted Sammy.

"Come on (CWI president) Dave Cameron aka Pharaoh, please let WI people go.I know for sure Pybus is not Moses."

CWI director Enoch Lewis was also highly critical of Pybus's nomination, accusing Cameron of "hand-picking" Pybus for the job.

Without naming anyone, CWI added: "Recent public charges levelled at the sporting body by an objecting board director have now been referred to the governing body's ethics committee for review".

West Indies open their Test series against England in Bridgetown on January 23.

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