Adams quits as Kent coach
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.”
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