WEST INDIES RECRUIT PSYCHOLOGIST STEVEN SYLVESTER TO PREPARE FOR TEST TOUR OF ENGLAND

Cricket West Indies (CWI) today can announce that Chartered Psychologist Steven Sylvester has been brought in as the Team Psychologist to the Windies team during their two month tour of the UK.

Steve SylvesterThe renowned Sport Psychologist was approached by Cricket West Indies to support the players, coaches and support staff.

Sylvester’s eye-catching CV includes playing his part behind the scenes in Middlesex County Cricket Club winning the County Championships after 23 years last summer.

He’s also had success with bringing teams together in football, having helped AFC Wimbledon gain promotion into League One in 2016 and Sheffield United ending their six-year exile from the Championship in May.

Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, welcomed Sylvester’s expertise to aid the young side.

The historic first Test, the first ever international Test match to be played under lights, starts at Headingley on Thursday and Adams said: “The genesis of Steven’s appointment was a request from the Test and ODI captain Jason Holder along with Head Coach Stuart Law.

“Both believed that our squad needed someone possessing the appropriate skill set to address areas of team building, and psych support. Steven completed the application process out of which our panel considered him the strongest candidate for the role.”

Cricket - Essex  and West IndiesSylvester, as a lifelong West Indies supporter, admits his role in the backroom team has helped fulfil a lifelong ambition.

“This is a dream come true to be involved in West Indies cricket and I’m excited to be a part of their preparation for this tour,” he said.

“I have been a lifelong fan of West Indies cricket as a kid growing up with my Father from St. Vincent and then as a player and a Psychologist.

“I’ve often referred to my cricketing hero’s from the West Indies when I’ve been working within other sports. I’ve always admired their courage and spirit and it’s an honour to be involved.”

Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies added: “Steven has a great track record of working with successful teams and we are looking forward to him helping our young players improve their performances on the field.”

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