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King calls it a day as West Indies coach

Published: Monday, April 23, 2007, 21:59 [IST]
 
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Kingston (Jamaica):West Indies coach Bennett King has quit his job following the hosts disastrous performance in the Super Eight stage of the cricket World Cup.

According to a report in The Gleaner, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director Jackie Hendricks has confirmed King's resignation last night, but said that the Australian has offered to stay back for a month to help the WICB in setting up their cricket academy.

''He (King) gave up his job as coach,'' Hendriks told The Gleaner, adding, ''he has offered to stay on for a month to help with the setting up of the academy.'' Meanwhile, rumours also swirled last night that cricket board president Ken Gordon had also tendered his resignation, but those reports were unconfirmed.

''My understanding is that he (King) is the only person to resign,'' Hendriks said, in response to prompts about Gordon.

However, with the Caribbean team set for a summer tour of England, it is learnt that King has recommended his assistant David Moore to take over his reigns.

''I have heard that he recommended his assistant David Moore to take the team to England,'' Hendriks added.

In another major development in West Indies cricket, medium fast bowler Ian Bradshaw has also announced his retirement from international cricket.

Bradshaw, who joined Brian Lara as one of several players retiring after the World Cup, has played 62 one-day internationals and took 78 wickets, apart from representing his nation in five Test matches.

UNI

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