Adams quits as Kent coach

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DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): STYLISH MID­DLE-OR­DER bats­man, Dar­ren Bravo, says his marathon in­nings was de­signed to frus­trate Pak­istan and set up vic­tory for West Indies in the open­ing Test which ended here on Mon­day. Pak­istan pulled off a 56-run win at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium to up­stage Bravo’s mag­nif­i­cent 116 on the fi­nal day un­der lights, as the West Indies chased a come-frombe­hind vic­tory. Bravo’s knock lasted nearly seven hours, off 249 balls and in­cluded 10 bound­aries and a six. “It was a sit­u­a­tion where I ac­tu­ally wanted to bat out the en­tire day. I know as long as I bat­ted and spent a lot of time in the mid­dle, def­i­nitely it was go­ing to frus­trate the Pak­ista­nis and set up the game for us,” said the el­e­gant left-han­der. “I just wanted to bat there and have cou­ple part­ner­ships and that would have made it much eas­ier.” West Indies trailed Pak­istan for three days un­til leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo claimed ca­reer-best fig­ures of eight for 49 on the fourth day to send Pak­istan tum­bling to a pal­try 123 in their sec­ond in­nings to set up a dra­matic fin­ish. Bravo’s cen­tury car­ried West Indies into the fi­nal hour on the fifth and fi­nal day and gave the re­gional side hope of an open­ing win. But Ja­son Holder’s men were dis­missed for 289 in their sec­ond in­nings with 12 overs left in the con­test.

De­par­ture fu­els spec­u­la­tion re Windies coach­ing job

LON­DON (CMC): JA­MAICAN JIMMY Adams has quit as head coach of English County Kent af­ter five years in charge, fur­ther fuelling spec­u­la­tion he will take over the va­cant role as West Indies head coach.

Only last month, the 48-yearold for­mer West Indies cap­tain was linked to the post af­ter Trinida­dian Phil Sim­mons was sud­denly sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), on the eve of the on­go­ing tour of Pak­istan.

Sim­mons spent a tur­bu­lent 18 months in charge of the Caribbean side, dur­ing which time he over­saw the cap­ture of the Twenty20 World Cup in In­dia last April.

Adams, who played 54 Tests for West Indies between 1992 and 2001, took over the reins at Kent ahead of the 2012 sea­son and led them to a third place fin­ish in Di­vi­sion Two that year.

He en­joyed per­haps his best sea­son in the south-east in the re­cently con­cluded cam­paign when Kent fin­ished sec­ond, nar­rowly miss­ing out pro­mo­tion.

“I’ve en­joyed my time at Kent, which has been a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I wanted to be in­volved in a club that was seek­ing to grow, and I am for­tu­nate to have found that here at Kent over the past five sea­sons,” Adams said.

“It’s been a de­light be­ing in­volved with all our play­ers as they have de­vel­oped dur­ing the pe­riod, and es­pe­cially watch­ing the younger play­ers who have made the step up to first class level.”

He con­tin­ued: “Work­ing with the club to de­velop a stronger sup­port team to back up our play­ers has also been a high­light for me.

“I’m ex­tremely grate­ful for the mem­bers and sup­port­ers who have con­sis­tently backed me, the team and the club’s over­all vi­sion.”

POP­U­LAR FIG­URE

In his time at Kent, Adams be­came a pop­u­lar fig­ure and club chair­man, Ge­orge Kennedy, hailed the for­mer Test bats­man’s con­tri­bu­tion.

“We thank Jimmy for his fine ser­vice of the club and wish him all the best for the fu­ture,” Kennedy said.

“His com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing Ken­tish cricket tal­ent is shown by the core of home­grown play­ers now at the heart of our pro­fes­sional squad.”

Adams led West Indies in 15 Tests, win­ning four, los­ing eight and draw­ing three.

As a left-han­der, he made 3,012 runs at an av­er­age of 41, with six hun­dreds.

Dar­ren Bravo of the West Indies bats dur­ing day five of the first Test match against Pak­istan at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Cricket Ground on Mon­day. TREMEN­DOUS EF­FORT

FRAN­COIS NEL/GETTY IM­AGE COUR­TESY OF WICB

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