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."