Jimmy Adams lined up for Kent job

Kent look set to unveil former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams as their new director of cricket and head coach.

The county have called a press conference at their Canterbury headquarters for 2pm on Tuesday January 3, when it seems certain Adams will be named as the man to replace former Kent wicketkeeper Paul Farbrace, who left in September after two years in the position.

It will be a first coaching job in county cricket for Jamaican-born Adams, who turns 44 on Monday January 9.

Adams, who is thought to have beaten a former Test coach and a one-time England cricketer to land the Kent job, will leave his post as technical director to the Jamaica Cricket Development programme to bring his skills to the St Lawrence Ground.

His ebullience and enthusiasm for the game, coupled with a willingness to work with youngsters is an obvious attraction to Kent, who have a plethora of raw talent emerging from their academy ranks.

A willowy left-hander and an elegant player, particularly in his youth, Adams burst onto the international scene with a bang in 1991, yet his batting style became progressively more defensive when, out of necessity, he took on the role of top-order bedrock to a West Indies team in decline.

He was a popular member of the Nottinghamshire squad of 1994, but his tally of 781 runs at an average of 28.92 failed to win a contract renewal.

He replaced Brian Lara as West Indies’ captain in 2000, but a 5-0 whitewash on that season’s tour to Australia marked the end of his leadership and in January 2001 he collected the last of his 54 Test caps in the New Year Test at Sydney. He was replaced by former Kent all-rounder Carl Hooper.

Though Adams’s international side were very much entering the doldrums, he finished his Test career with a creditable average of 41.26 at the highest level. He also made 127 ODI appearances and also acted as a wicketkeeper and occasional left-arm spinner.

He went on to play and skipper South African province, Free State, and manage the West Indies Under-19s in 2008. He still plays the occasional game for Kent-based celebrity side, Lashings, and the West Indies over-40s team.

Though unwilling to confirm the name of his new head coach, Kent’s chief executive officer Jamie Clifford said: “The selection process has been extremely thorough and I am very pleased that we have a very high calibre individual coming to Kent. I look forward to making an announcement and introducing our new head coach to members and supporters.”

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