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Coley, Richardson among Scorpions applicants

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Several Jamaica Scorpions players celebrate the fall of a Windward Islands Volcanoes wicket on the second day of the Regional Four Day Championships match between the Scorpions and the Volcanoes at Sabina Park on Saturday, January 5.

The Gleaner has been reliable informed that Andre Coley and Andrew Richardson are among three ­individuals, who have applied for the head coaching position for Cricket West Indies professional franchise, the Jamaica Scorpions.

It is understood that former Jamaican fast bowler Richardson, who is the current manager of the Jamaica Tallawahs Caribbean Premier League team, along with fellow one-time Jamaican ­cricketers Coley and Brenton Parchment, have all submitted applications to the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) for the job.

When contacted yesterday, Richardson, the coach at local standouts Melbourne, the reigning all-island champions in both the two-day and 50-over formats, told The Gleaner that he will not be commenting on the matter.

Coley, a former Jamaican wicketkeeper, is the current head coach of the Windward Islands Volcanoes and boasts a wealth of experience.

He served as assistant coach with the West Indies men’s squad from January 2014 to July 2017, before taking up the Windward Islands job, and was also a part of the first management team at the High Performance Centre Programme. He has also served the Windies Women’s team as assistant coach and team director.

He was also the head coach of the West Indies Under 19 team that competed at the 2010 ICC Youth World Cup and coached Jamaica’s Under-15 and Under-19 teams from 2006-2009.

Meanwhile, Parchment is a former Jamaica and West Indies middle-order batsman.

The post became vacant after Robert Haynes, who was appointed interim coach last December, left the position last month to take up a new role as chairman of Cricket West Indies’ selection panel.

Courtney Francis, chief executive officer of the JCA, confirmed that three persons had applied for the job, while noting that these individuals will be interviewed by the franchise board sometime next week.

“We have received three applications, and the franchise boards meet next week Tuesday, and so when the franchise boards meet, then they will make a determination as to how the process will be and how the time frame will go,” said Francis.

“This includes the interviews and the selection and so, therefore, they will be able to announce the coach soon thereafter, and so by early June, we should have a head coach in place,” Francis said.

The Jamaica Scorpions are coming off an extremely disappointing season in this year’s regional four-day competition, finishing fifth in the six-team competition with a mere three wins and seven defeats.