14 Aug 2009

Dyson sacked as West Indies cricket coach

6:16 pm on 14 August 2009

Australian coach John Dyson has become the latest casualty of West Indies' bitter cricket turmoil when he was sacked as coach.

The West Indies Cricket Board axed Dyson following the humiliating home Test and one-day series defeats to whipping boys Bangladesh, losses which coincided with a damaging players boycott.

Dyson's sacking comes less than six weeks before the start of the Champions Trophy in South Africa where assistant coach David Williams will take temporary charge.

Dyson took over as coach in October, 2007, following on from another Australian, Bennett King who stood down after the World Cup.

Before his appointment in the troubled Caribbean, Dyson had been coach of the Sri Lanka team, succeeding Dav Whatmore in 2003 and remained in the job for two years.

The West Indies are poised to take another second-string side to South Africa for next month's Champions Trophy.