West Indies news January 24, 2013

West Indies to offer Gibson new deal


Ottis Gibson is to be offered a renewed coaching contract by the West Indies as they try to tie up a new deal in the face of continued interest from Warwickshire.

The West Indies Board has approved a recommendation from the cricket committee to offer a new contract to Gibson and the team manager, Richie Richardson, following a meeting in St Lucia at the weekend.

He has yet to accept the deal and, although the West Indies Board said that the contract renewal was "pending completion of negotiations which are expected to be concluded shortly", that could also depend on the outcome of a second interview with Warwickshire.

Gibson, who played at county level for Glamorgan, Leicestershire and Durham, was interviewed in Birmingham on Tuesday by Warwickshire who are seeking to appoint a replacement for Giles, England's new one-day and Twenty20 coach.

It is likely that he is in a three-way contest for the Warwickshire job with two members of the current Edgbaston coaching staff, Graeme Welch and Dougie Brown, whose interviews were also due today.

Gibson's work ethic and desire to foster unity in West Indies cricket has never been in doubt and his stock has risen following West Indies' securing of the World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka in October.

He travelled with the West Indies squad which is due to arrive in Australia on Wednesday for their first international series of the year: a five-match ODI rubber in Australia.

The WICB is yet to reveal the details of their contract offer, but it is likely to be of a further period of three years.

Reports emerged that he was one of Warwickshire's preferred candidates as replacement for Ashley Giles, who vacated the post shortly before Christmas to take charge of England's one-day side. Warwickshire are about to embark upon a second round of interviews.

The WICB has routinely played down the possibility that Gibson might yet reject the deal. But concern that he might be spirited away from Warwickshire could have quickened consideration of whether to offer him a new contract.

Gibson was the bowling coach with England for two years before he took over the West Indies job. In addition he had having played for more than a decade at counties like Durham, Glamorgan and Leicestershire.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Gibson was present in St Lucia last weekend and outlined his position to WICB directors.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jaswant on January 27, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Hadn't it been for Chanderpaul,WI would have lost the two test matches in Bangladesh.His incomparable ability to concentrate and score laid a solid foundation that led us to win.His presence at the crease had inspired the younger players who rallied around him.Again not been considered to play in the ODI,WI lost the series with the same players who won the test matches with the exception of him.It could have been worst had Bangladesh not played some irresponsible cricket in the 20 overs match.They made 179 for the lost of one wicket chasing 190 or so runs.With 9 wickets in hand they had the world of opportunity to chase that final total.

  • jaswant on January 27, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    (NO PLay).Chanderpaul,Gayle and Sarwan had the most problem with Gibson.Chanderpaul is a classy test and ODI player.There isn't anything that Gibson could have offered him that he didn't know as a batsman or as a player.At the moment Chanderpaul can still play ODI,yet he is not considered for selection.Just a while ago the selectors had wanted him to resign from test cricket.So ( NO PLAY ) Gibson hasn't done too well as you claim.

  • ethel on January 26, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Gibson is not what we want as a head coach after doing what he tried to do with chanderpaul, gayle and the senior players. AS

  • giovaughn on January 25, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    @ the solidrock - Any blind bartemius could have seen that Chanderpaul & Sarwan are more suited towards real cricket i.e. the longer formats of the game where real batting skills such as placement, timing & knowing how to build an innings are more essential. The two main contributors to us winning that tournament ie Gayle & Samuels are suited to all three formats because not only do they have the skills needed to do well in Tests & ODI but the have the Power to hit the ball out of the ground as they did during the t20 world cup. If it were not for these 2 we would not have stood a chance.

  • giovaughn on January 25, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Gibson has been trying but he has some serious weaknesses. These include A failure to be flexible & think outside the box in selection & tactics which admittedly is not solely his fault, the Captain & selectors also have this problem but he has not helped the issue. His stubbornness & horrible handling of the senior players fiasco in 2011 & his reluctance to address obvious problems such as inflexible field placing and tactical inadequacies of the captain & vice Captain & the bowling tactics to tailenders / the weakness of our 3rd pacer which allows our recurring failure to finish off the opposition after obtaining ideal positions. Even Bangladeshi tailenders have taken us to the cleaners. Also his removal of Shiv from the ODI team has left such a huge whole that the batting is struggling to last 50 overs vs Bangladesh. The side has too many swing and hope type of batsmen & Shivs presence would provide some much needed stability

  • Ali on January 25, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    noplay, has to be joking,,,

    becasue Pollard and Narine both got IPL contract before the ever played for WI, and Gibson and the WI had no hand in either players development.

    Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan were all sacked by Gibson ...

    (Chanderpaul was sacked , while he was still in the world top 5. I do not believe that anyone ranked in the top 5 has ever been sacked before - rested maybe, but completely dropped from all forms of cricket? never ! )

  • victor on January 25, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    WI should not offer Mr. Gibson a new contract. The supposed Warwickshire move is a ploy to force the WICB to make a quick decision. While I have to concede he is a very good bowling coach (to the pacers) he has failed miserably in getting the best out of the other players.The fiasco after the World Cup in 2011 is a good example. He removed the 3 most senior players from the team while blaming them for the team's failures. When in fact, his inability to select the best team and desire to micro-manage the batting top order were major factors. Only with the return of Chandrapaul and Gayle did the WI enjoy some success against 2 weaker teams, NZ and Bang. He is not an aggressive coach and has not adjusted to the aggressive nature of WI cricket. The W T20 success was in-spite of the coach. It took extra-ordinary efforts from Gayle and Samuels to win that title. His lack of people skills have been well documented. WI need a coach who can communicate with and appreciate the players!!

  • charlie on January 25, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    I hope Mr Gibson moves on to where he is more appreciated for his skills ! Some refuse to give credit where it's due ,but extol the indicipline of the favoured . Mr Gibson I wish you well in your endeavours ,whether that entails a stint with another team ,or with the present WI team . It takes a lot to build a great team ; talent ,dscipline and application are but a few qualities of such a team and it's obvious that you were striving for that .

  • Mohamed on January 25, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    I guess noplay was joking of course. I get it. Why bring Otis back? They just lost ODI to Bangladesh and should have lost the 1st test match against Bangladesh.