The Willow in the WIndies – A Chat with the HPC’s Graeme West

7th October 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: Talking to Graeme West – Head Coach at the WICB’s High Performance Centre

Welcome to this special edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

I caught up with one of the many good friends I made whilst I lived in Barbados, the Head Coach at the WICB’s High Performance Centre – based at the University of the West Indies on the island – fellow Englishman, Graeme West.

We talked about the revamping of the HPC as a High Performance Programme; his recent travels with the HPC’s bowling coach, Vasbert Drakes to work with the U19s players & coaches in the region; we looked back at this year’s Caribbean U19 tournament won once again by Guyana and the encouraging emergence of fast-bowling talent; and the value of the input of former WIndies greats like Courtney Walsh.

I asked Graeme how he, an Englishman, came to be working in the Caribbean (he’s following in the footsteps of Toby Radford); touched upon what Graeme’s own personal future career ambitions might be; and we looked ahead to the U19 World Cup in the New Year, due to be played in Bangladesh – which has be thrown into doubt after the recent postponement of Australian & South African tours there, so may be relocated.

We looked back at Graeme’s tour a year ago with the WIndies ‘A’ team in Sri Lanka which coincided with the Senior ODI team’s withdrawal from India; the inspirational coaching support with the side of Sir Vivian Richards; the value of ‘A’ tours; and the chances WIndies have on the current tour of Sir Lanka.

I also asked Graeme about his experience as a radio commentary summariser alongside Jonathan Agnew for the West Indies Test v England at Kensington Oval this year; and finally I asked him what are the challenges facing the West Indies to prosper again; and what the U19s’ realistic ambitions are for the U19 World Cup.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram


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