By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 18, 2017: Will the new assistant West Indies Cricket Team – pardon us – Cricket West Indies (CWI), coach be able to help the squad overcome its slump? The pressure will be on as the team continues its test match in Edgbaston, England today. But here are 8 things to note about this latest addition in a long line of coaches and assistant coaches to this struggling team:
1: He is Ryan Maron, a South African, who was born in Cape Town and played professional cricket for the Western Province in South Africa.
2: He was a young opening left hands batsman for Western Province and made his debut in the 1996/97 season and continued to represent Western Province ‘B’ till 2004.
2: The 42-year-old is considered a level three coach. He was most recently a consultant fielding coach at the Afghanistan Cricket Board and part of the team that beat the Windies on their own turf earlier this year. Maron also worked with Afghanistan during the 2015 World Cup – and the same year’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland.
3: His coaching experience also included successful stints as head coach at Rondebosch Boys’ High School and several prominent clubs in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Denmark.
4: Maron was also head cricket coach at the University of Cape Town and founder & managing director at Cape Cricket Academy
5: He is also CEO & Founder at Cricket School of Excellence and worked with the Dolphins franchise in South Africa, assisting then-Dolphins head coach Lance Klusener during South Africa’s 2015-16 domestic season. The academy has grown to become one of the South Africa’s leading cricket schools running in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
6: Maron studied at Rondebosch Boys’ High School.
7: With the Windies squad, he will also assume special responsibilities for fielding and replaces Andre Coley, who was recently named as head coach for the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the current Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
8: Maron joins Roddy Estwick and Toby Radford as the assistant coaches on the staff, headed by Stuart Law. “This is a massive privilege to be involved in West Indies cricket and I’m delighted to join the Windies coaching staff. I have followed West Indies cricket over the years as a kid and then as a player and a coach and I’m just happy to be offered this opportunity to make a contribution as a coach,” he commented. “The game in the West Indies has a great history and here in this group we have a young bunch of cricketers who will perform well. I’m also looking forward to working with the ODI and T20 sides as we look to climb back up the ladder in world cricket.”