Cricket

Pybus blocks out criticism, focused on England

2019-01-22 12:54
Richard Pybus
Richard Pybus (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Indies' interim head coach Richard Pybus is unfazed about the criticism his appointment is generating and is instead trying to keep his side focused ahead of the first Test against England, starting on Wednesday.

Pybus had a controversial stint as Windies director of cricket that saw him at the center of a dispute that saw the Caribbean side abandon their 2014 tour of India due to financial negotiations stalling between the players and board.

The former Pakistan mentor was then an odd choice as a temporary replacement for Stuart Law, who resigned late as Windies coach last year to take a position with English county Middlesex.

One former player who been very critical of Pybus' appointment is former captain Darren Sammy who has been outspoken on social media.

READ: Windies stand by Pybus appointment despite storm of criticism

With all the noise surrounding his return it would be easy for the hosts to be distracted as the three-match Test series against England gets underway in Barbados but Pybus is having none of it.

"Criticism is part of the game, part of the tapestry and the drama around sport. We've just got to get on with the job really. I don't really want to unpack the past," he told reporters.

"The team is very focused, positive and motivated. You guys will write your stories, create a bit of an angle and drama but, from my side, I'm not really worried about that. The guys are focused on the series coming up. There are no issues.

"I don't want to sound too 'zen' but I'm really focused on the first day coming up and making sure we're ready for it."


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