Stuart Law, 49, was appointed West Indies coach in February last year. @ AFP
Stuart Law, 49, was appointed West Indies coach in February last year. @ AFP

Former Australia batsman Stuart Law has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as West Indies head coach to take over English county side Middlesex from next season. Law, 49, who was appointed West Indies coach in February last year, has signed a four-year deal with Middlesex and will board the flight to England following West Indies’ tour of India and Bangladesh.

“It is a great privilege to be asked to coach Middlesex and to accept one of the plum jobs in world cricket,” Law said.

“I have very much enjoyed my time with the West Indies and wish the staff and players every success. There is never a good time to leave, but the opportunity to work with Middlesex for four years at the home of cricket was too good to decline.”

Law was the coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for brief periods before he settled at the West Indies camp. He was instrumental to lead the Caribbean side to a memorable Test victory over England at Headingley last summer.

“I believe we have made tremendous strides forward as a team during the past two years,” he said.

The West Indies Cricket Board will now have to appoint a new coach before England visit the Caribbean in January.