ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Sir Vivian Richards has come out in defence of sacked West Indies bowling coach Sir Curtly Ambrose.
Sir Curtly was sacked as West Indies bowling coach and replaced by Barbados’ Roddy Estwick ahead of next month’s tri-nation series with the visiting Australia and South Africa teams.
But Sir Vivian placed his support firmly behind Ambrose regarding the idea that technical deficiencies be fixed before players come to the West Indies set-up.
“If you have technical issues, then you shouldn’t be in the team and I could be wrong, but that’s the way I look at it,” Ambrose had said of West Indies coach Phil Simmons’ rational for moving away from his as bowling coach.
Sir Vivian was in complete agreement.
“That’s for the academies, in my opinion, and he (Sir Curtly) put it so perfectly when he said that if you are going to need all this technical help later on when you are part of the senior team, it means that something is wrong and it’s quite mind-boggling,” Sir Vivian said.
“At the international level is where you are looking to get results. If a guy happens to lose his action or struggle with his run-up a little bit, which can happen, those are easy things to iron out. But if you have a serious technical issue, there is no way you can rectify that in one or two days in the nets. It’s almost impossible,” Ambrose had said.
What is more, Ambrose has pointed to his dissatisfaction with the way his sacking was handled, saying that at no point did anyone say to him there was a problem.
Earlier this year former Barbados all-rounder Franklyn Stephenson who runs the Franklyn Stephenson Academy, and is considered one of the greatest West Indians never to have played Test cricket, described Sir Curtly as one of the worst coaches he had ever seen.
Stephenson, who dominated the English county scene in the 1980s with bat and especially ball, said Sir Curtly was not the man to inspire bowlers to success on the pitch.
“He was a fantastic bowler but he’s the worst coach I’ve seen. He came here [Franklyn Stephenson Academy] to our camp but didn’t say a single word to any bowler. He is just for show, nothing more,” Stephenson said then.
He added the obsession with giving jobs to former Test players was holding back the West Indies side’s progress.
“They’ve been the worst coaches. The results tell you that. They want to give back, but they give back with their hands open,” he said in January.