DateLine: 14th August 2009
West Indies Cricket Board terminated the contract of national team coach John Dyson ahead of next month's ICC Champions Trophy.
Dyson has been terminated in the wake of recent Test and one-day series losses to Bangladesh, although in both the West Indies fielded weakened teams due to a contract dispute between the WICB and leading players.
The WICB refrained from giving any reason for Dyson's dismissal in a statement posted on www.windiescricket.com today.
The decision to sack Dyson came after a meeting of the WICB executive committee, during which it was confirmed assistant coach David Williams will take up the reins on a temporary basis. He will lead the team at the Champions Trophy which gets under way in South Africa on September 22.
"The services of Mr John Dyson have been terminated with immediate effect," the WICB statement read. "The assistant coach, Mr David Williams, will fill this position on a temporary basis for this tour."
West Indies are set to take a second-string side to South Africa in the wake of the contract dispute, even if a resolution can be found in the meantime.
"In view of the special circumstances pertaining to this tour, the former West Indies vice-captain and off-spin bowler, Mr Lance Gibbs, has been appointed the team manager.
"Mr Omar Khan, the incumbent manager, has been temporarily assigned to the preparation and management of the West Indies Under-19 team for the International Cricket Council's Youth World Cup in New Zealand in 2010."