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April 21, 2012

Australia in West Indies 2012

Ottis' twilight zone

Jarrod Kimber
Ottis Gibson has a chat with Andy Flower, West Indies v England, ICC World Twenty20, Guyana, May 3, 2010
Ottis Gibson attempts to tell of an ordeal, but how far will he get before his lips are sealed?  © Getty Images
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Ottis Gibson wakes up and knows something is wrong. It all feels different now. He checks his wallet; it’s lighter than he thinks it should be, but it’s still there. His phone is switched off, but it hasn’t been taken. His clothes have been pressed and are hanging up in his stylish and comfortable modern-looking hotel room that has a view of the ocean. All of his belongings are neatly stacked in the corner. His computer is charging on the desk next to a complimentary fruit basket and two bottles of water. Still he senses something is wrong. His mobile phone won’t turn on. The hotel room phone has no ring tone. No matter how much he tries he cannot get the mobile Wifi code to work. His door is locked shut, more than locked, it’s like there is a dead bolt from the outside. The balcony of his room is at least 12 stories high, and it is far from any other balconies for him to jump to. Ottis is trapped. He picks up the folder with the hotel’s amenities list in it as a last ditch effort to escape or contact the outside world. There is none. As he closes the folder in a defeated way his hand runs over the raised lettering on the front. His hotel is called the International Continental Club. In a dramatic and slightly over the top way his eyes put together the first letters of each word. I C C

He now knows why this has happened to him, he screams in a masculine but still fairly high pitched way as he looks straight up for inspiration. Ottis is then back on his bed, sweating, panting, and clutching ferociously at the sheets. It was a nightmare. None of this really happened. Just to be sure Ottis checks his mobile, which is still on and was locked mid-way through a rooftop level of plants v zombies. The hotel phone has a dialtone. And his front door is easily opened. Sure his wallet is still a bit lighter. That makes sense though. Ottis relaxes and prepares for another day as coach of the West Indies cricket team. He runs some hot water and puts some toothpaste – the white stuff that helps people with sensitive mouths – on his toothbrush, and runs it under the warm tap to move it evenly over the brush. Then he instinctively raises the toothbrush towards his mouth to brush his teeth, only for the brush to crash into his face, he tries it again for the same result. The hotel bathroom is now fogging up, so he has to wipe at the mirror to see his reflection, he sees that his mouth cannot open, that his lips have literally been sewn together. He slowly runs his hands over his lips and he knows who did it. “I should’ve never doubted the efficacy of the obviously flawed, untested and inconsistently implemented DRS. I knew they’d make me pay, but I never knew they’d go this far. Damn you, ICC” is what Ottis Gibson would have screamed in that foggy hotel bathroom had his lips not been surgically sewn together.

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Posted by kapil m. on (April 25, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

WI needs divine help! Otis has to go!!!

Posted by chris balgobin on (April 22, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

nice one, he deserves it, for critisising the ICC, I dont like the system also, I felt the same way he did, there should be no use of the system at all if all of it is not being used. But they agreed to use it anyway.

Posted by p on (April 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

the question whether otis gibson thinks the DRS is flawed or not is not the issue . maybe it is , or not. who knows.i dont know. but to fine a man to have a frickin opinion. oh cheeze, he said what he thought , and he was respectful , no profanity , nothing. he could be wrong sure, but to fine him is harsh. The ICC is without doubt the most useless and spineless sporting body that I have ever seen in my life,. hey , at least i can say it.

Posted by ryanaustin on (April 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

welcome back to the West Indies Otis,now you can see clearly why the ICC has an elite panel of umpires and why they need the technology so very badly,i am guesting that you never had to endure such poor decisions as England's bowling coach in any game against an England side' well all i can say to you is keep your big mouth shut and and let the umpires carry out their mandate given to them by those who make the rules so ambiguous.

Posted by Grue1 on (April 22, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Speechless....maybe lips are also stuck together!

Posted by Aditya Pidaparthy on (April 21, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Poetic, creepy. Actually sent a few shivers down my spine, even if it was satire.

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