India’s former fielding coach, Trevor Penney, has been appointed as the assistant coach of West Indies cricket team for white-ball format. He has been handed a two-year contract and will focus on team’s fielding in this period.
Penney has worked with many international teams including India, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and USA. He has also worked with several IPL teams as well, which includes Punjab, Kolkata and Hyderabad franchises. Penny, 51, also has experience of working with Caribbean T20 League teams. He worked with St Lucia Zouks, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and, most recently, Barbados Tridents.
"I'm thrilled and excited to be given this opportunity to work with this brilliant bunch of cricketers and staff led by Kieron Pollard and Phil Simmons", as quoted by Penney in the media release. "I've been lucky enough over the last few years to work with several members of the squad and the Caribbean is like 'home away from home' for me being involved in the CPL”, Penney added.
Penny also said that his main focus will be on the two T20 World Cups and he will try to bring out the best from his team to win the major ICC events.
"We have two big T20 World Cups coming up [in Australia 2020 and India 2021] and it's my aim to try and improve everybody and be as good as we can and hopefully win those two major ICC events."
Simmons, West Indies head coach, welcomed the appointment of Trevor and said he will bring enormous energy to West Indies team.
"Trevor is an excellent coach and has demonstrated this everywhere he has worked. He has huge experience with Sri Lanka and India at the highest international level, and in most T20 leagues around the world including the CPL. He brings enormous energy and is very well respected by all the players", Simmons said.
West Indies' next series is the three ODIs and three T20Is against Ireland, starting on January 7 in Bridgetown.