CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – South African Ryan Maron has joined West Indies as the new fielding coach, replacing Jamaican Andre Coley who has taken up the new role of head coach of Windward Islands Volcanoes.
The 42-year-old Maron, a former first class player for Western Province in South Africa, most recently served as fielding specialist for the Afghanistan men’s team and helped in their preparation for the series against West Indies last June.
“This is a massive privilege to be involved in West Indies cricket and I’m delighted to join the Windies coaching staff,” Maron said.
“I have followed West Indies cricket over the years as a kid and then as a player and a coach and I’m just happy to be offered this opportunity to make a contribution as a coach.”
He added: “The game in the West Indies has a great history and here in this group we have a young bunch of cricketers who will perform well. I’m also looking forward to working with the ODI and T20 sides as we look to climb back up the ladder in world cricket.”
Jimmy Adams, Cricket West Indies’ Director of Cricket, said he expected Maron to play a key role in the team’s preparation for the three-Test series against England starting in a fortnight.
“We are pleased to have Ryan join us. He has a vast knowledge of the game and has done some very good work,” said Adams, a former West Indies captain.
“As we prepare for the upcoming Wisden Trophy Test Series in England and I am sure he will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”
Maron joins a group led by head coach Stuart Law and which includes bowling coach Roddy Estwick and batting coach Toby Radford.
West Indies face England in the first Test at Edgbaston starting August 17.