From Caerphilly to the Caribbean: Welsh Cricket Coach Hitting Big in the West Indies

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Wales Online reports that cricketer Toby Radford, originally for Caerphilly, has been hired by the West Indies Cricket Board to head their high performance training center. He is now the batting coach and assistant coach of the West Indies national team, working alongside head coach and Windies legend Ottis Gibson. James Al-Mudallal writes:

They are the Caribbean slogging masters of the cricketing world – boasting some of the best six-hitting players the game has ever seen. But the plaudits for one of the great cricket nation’s recent batting success can now be laid at the door of a Welshman. Toby Radford was snapped up by the West Indies Cricket Board to head up their high performance training centre after the 41-year-old’s work with Middlesex Academy. Now the Caerphilly-born former professional cricketer is the batting coach and assistant coach of the West Indies national team, working alongside head coach and Windies legend Ottis Gibson to craft a side capable of winning the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

And with the squad now in Cardiff preparing for a warm-up match against Australia this Saturday, Radford has spoken of the journey that took him from Caerphilly to the Caribbean.

[. . .] The Welshman’s success as academy director and later head coach at Middlesex caught the eye of the West Indies Cricket Board and he was hired to head up their high performance centre – an attempt to rival the training academies found in England and Australia. By 2012, Radford – who first played cricket with his father in Caerphilly’s Victoria Park – found himself coaching the sport to the likes of Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo in Barbados. Knowing how to handle a dressing room full of big egos has been one of the main challenges for Radford as he attempts to nurture the potential of youngsters like Kraigg Brathwaite while keeping more seasoned players like Chris Gayle and Bravo happy.

But the Welshman says the dressing room is united and ready for the upcoming one day international cricket tournament. “I do back myself in terms of technically working with batters. The key is going into an environment with confidence and belief and knowing that you can help,” he added.

For full article, see http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/caerphilly-caribbean-welsh-cricket-coach-4028898

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