West Indies cricket lurches from one precipitous state to another, with the news that the board (WICB) has sacked the coach, John Dyson, ahead of the forthcoming Champions Trophy.
Dyson departs after West Indies' calamitous Test and one-day series defeats to Bangladesh. West Indies fielded a severely depleted team following a dispute between the WICB and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) over contracts, during which the majority of leading players declined to nominate for selection.
"At the moment I don't wish to talk," Dyson said when contacted by Cricinfo on Thursday.
Dyson will be temporarily replaced by David Williams, the assistant coach. Williams has never hidden his ambition to become the side's full-time mentor, having previously expressed his dissatisfaction at the appointment of Dyson, the former Australia batsmanand Sri Lanka coach, over a West Indian candidate.
Dyson assumed the post in 2007 from another Australian, Bennett King, but was almost immediately in the bad books of West Indies fans when he couldn't attend their series against Zimbabwe. His appointment came hot on the heels of Jeff Dujon's less than ringing endorsement of cricket in the region, when he said "no coach in the world can help West Indies".