Radford returns from Caribbean to coach in UK

Toby Radford, who coached Middlesex to their Twenty20 Cup triumph in 2008, is returning to the UK to work as a specialist batting coach.

Radford, 39, has quit his role as director of the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados, where he focused on honing the skills of the West Indies’ next generation of Test cricketers aged between 19 and 23.

West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Dr Ernest Hilaire said: “Toby worked assiduously in setting up operations at the HPC and contributed significantly to the development of several players. We have seen the results [of his work] in performances of several players in regional tournaments.

“The WICB would like to thank Toby for his services and wish him well as he returns to the UK to pursue his passion and specialisation in the coaching field with an emphasis in the batting department.”

Radford, who is widely credited with masterminding Andrew Strauss’s return to batting form a couple of years’ back and Eoin Morgan’s elevation to Twenty20 maestro when coaching Middlesex, said: “There is a wealth of cricketing talent
emerging across the Caribbean, and the future of West Indies cricket looks extremely encouraging.

“It was a privilege to set up their High Performance Centre and see the players performing so well, so quickly.

“I am very grateful to Dr Hilaire for giving me the opportunity to head this exciting new project, and I will miss working with the HPC players and its staff as I return to the UK to concentrate on a career as a specialist batting coach.

“I also hope that opportunities may arise in the future to work again with young and senior West Indian batsmen.”

A former England Under-19 player and batsman with Sussex and Middlesex, Radford decided to leave the post prior to the WICB’s recent appointment of Desmond Haynes to act as batting mentor to the West Indies Test side.

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