The Windies are gearing up to face India for a 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs series, beginning from December 6 in Hyderabad. Ahead of the major series, the West Indies team on Wednesday roped in Monty Desai as the batting coach on a two-year contract.
"Desai joined the West Indies ahead of the start of the of the T20 International series against India, which bowls o off on Friday, December 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad," the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said in a statement.
Prior to this, Desai was seen serving Afghanistan, Nepal, Canada, Indian regional teams as their batting coach. During his 12-year-long coaching career, Monty has played a crucial role Rajasthan Royals and former team Gujarat Lions. Desai was seen holding the position of batting coach of the UAE team.
"I am very much looking forward to being part of a journey where I can help to create a winning work environment, learn and embrace a new culture, and build a 'happy dressing room' tradition alongside other excellent leaders," Desai said in an official statement.
"I am eager to join forces with Head Coach, Phil Simmons and Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, and our captains, such that I may contribute in every possible way to the success of our team," he added.
Phil Simmons, the head coach of West Indies was seen praising Desai, mentioning that he believes the newly-appointed batting coach will help players in performing better.
"I have worked with Monty before, and he is an excellent coach. He has proven he has the ability to get players to improve on their talent and also to perform better in matches," Simmons said.
"He has vast knowledge of the game and it is good he is starting here with us in India. I look forward to seeing him work with our batsmen in all formats as we look to get better in all areas."