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.