Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced the appointment of Miles Bascombe as their new director of cricket on a three-year contract. Bascombe, a former West Indies batter, will succeed Jimmy Adams, who served in the position for six years. With his extensive experience as a player, selector, and technical director, Bascombe is poised to bring a fresh perspective and drive positive changes within the West Indies cricket system.
Miles Bascombe, at the age of 37, brings a wealth of cricketing knowledge and experience to his new role. Having represented West Indies in one T20I match in 2011, Bascombe possesses an intimate understanding of the game at the highest level.
Before he was appointed director of cricket, he served as a men’s selector at CWI from 2019 to 2021 and held the position of technical director at the Windward Islands Cricket Board for the past two years. Bascombe’s diverse roles have given him a deep understanding of the cricketing landscape, particularly at the Territorial Board level.
CWI CEO Johnny Grave expressed confidence in Bascombe’s appointment, highlighting his skills, experience, and comprehensive knowledge of the cricket system. Grave commended Bascombe’s passion for the game and ability to think critically, strategize effectively, and analyze various aspects of cricket. As CWI embarks on formulating a new four-year strategic plan, Bascombe’s analytical mindset and strategic thinking are expected to play a pivotal role in raising standards and establishing better structures within the West Indies cricket system.
“Following a thorough recruitment process, Miles stood out to the panel with his skills, experience, and intimate knowledge of our cricket system, especially at the Territorial Board level. His passion and understanding of the game at all levels are outstanding. He is a critical thinker with a strong analytical and strategic mindset, which will hugely benefit us as we formulate our new four-year strategic plan. I have no doubt he will hit the ground running and relish the challenge before us to develop higher standards and better structures within our cricket system.” CWI CEO Johnny Grave said in a board release.
Bascombe recognizes that West Indies cricket is at a crucial juncture and acknowledges the pressing need for improved performances. He plans to build upon the progress made in establishing and implementing a central High-Performance system across all territories.
Bascombe emphasizes the importance of working closely with the Territorial Boards and the CWI senior leadership team to foster a winning culture and elevate the cricketing standards to a world-class level. He aims to develop a robust system that prioritizes excellence and achieves sustained success.
“West Indies Cricket is at a critical stage with an urgent need to improve performances. We have made significant progress with establishing a central High-Performance system that must be rolled out across all our Territories. I look forward to working as a member of the CWI senior leadership team and working closely with the Territorial Boards to bring about the necessary improvements that I am confident will lead to more success by implementing a robust system based on achieving world-class standards and driving a winning culture.” Bascombe said.
Bascombe will officially assume his position as director of cricket on August 1. Until then, Graeme West, the CWI high-performance manager, will serve as the interim director of cricket. This transitional period allows for a smooth handover and ensures continuity in implementing ongoing initiatives.