West Indies news February 5, 2013

Gibson signs new three-year deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ottis Gibson has signed a new three-year deal to keep him as West Indies coach until 2016.

Gibson came close to becoming the new Warwickshire director of cricket last week, having attended a second interview on his way to Australia, but the WICB were keen to retain his services and he will now take West Indies beyond the 2015 World Cup.

He became West Indies coach in early 2010, replacing John Dyson, having been England's bowling coach since 2007. Under his charge West Indies have shown recent improvements, notably by winning last year's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, although he has had to contend with his share of off-field issues such as the stand-off with Chris Gayle and the impact of the IPL on the Caribbean season.

"I enjoy being involved in West Indies cricket and it is something I'm very excited about considering what we have achieved - especially in the last year - beating New Zealand at home in all three formats and winning the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka," Gibson said. "This confirms that we are making progress and I am happy to continue with the team for the next three years as we look to take West Indies cricket forward."

"There is a lot to do and things to look forward to. There is the Champions Trophy in England this year, we will be defending the World T20 title in Bangladesh next year and there is the World Cup in 2015. These are things we have talked about and these are things the selectors have been planning for.

"We will also look to climb the ICC rankings in all three formats. This is something we have to strive for, to make the move up. There is a lot more one-day cricket than Test cricket this year, but next year there are quite a few more Test matches, so these will be opportunities for the players to perform and for the team to progress. You set goals and the real enjoyment is when you achieve those goals and see progress being made."

Michael Muirhead, the WICB chief executive, said: "Ottis has added significant value to the development of the West Indies team during his tenure and we are delighted to have secured his services for another three years.

"Most notably is that he led the implementation of a system of professionalism within the team unit and curbed the negative results, which we were experiencing with some frequency.

"While there have also been some challenges along the way, these are not to be unexpected in such a dynamic and high pressure environment and the WICB looks forward to the continued development of the West Indies team through this next critical phase under Ottis' stewardship at the elite-team level."

West Indies are currently on tour in Australia for a one-day series then return to the Caribbean for a home season that includes a full tour by Zimbabwe, a triangular one-day tournament involving India and Sri Lanka, plus a Test series against Pakistan.

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  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    "I don't know but I want to ask from this team management why they have dropped Shiv Chanderpaul from One dayers without creating any replacement of him?"....Winning T-20 isn't a very big deal but as far as One dayers and Test Matches are concerned they still lag consistency.Leave few odd players apart I don't see any one in their team who has the capability of sticking on the wicket and play according to the condition.All they know is just come and push hard for runs as if it is a T-20 match......I don't know what Mr Gibson is doing there who can't make a team to encourage them to last at least for 50 overs.....I am an obtimistic person but i don't see anything optimistic for WIndies in the upcoming future until or unless some miracle happens!".........

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    noplay... i understand what you're saying, but it doesn't change the fact that winning a solutary test match every now and then, didn't convert into winning a series against the Aussies did it? Hence still being above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the rankings. We can make all the minor comparisions we want but the point you're making, illustrates how much our team, with better players back then were still under-achieving. I'm not disagreeing with any criticism Gibson or Sammy gets, but i do find it unfair that all the fingers are pointed towards them, when our short-comings extended way before they came on the scene as Coach and Captain.

  • Zorina on February 7, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @Scott Robbins there was no T20 when Lara played. We could still win a test match against Aus when he played

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I do find it ironic that plenty on here are criticising what Gibson and Sammy have achieved, they're quick to claim the solutary T20 World Cup and nothing else. Yet the good old days of Lara, Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan always seem to have come up, besides the ability that each individual clearly has, what did they achieve as a team collective besides the ICC Champions trophy in 2004?..It seems to show all the more because, we had a stronger team on paper back then, yet still under-achieved horribly and remained in the basement of the rankings in all forms, the whole time. Yet the Gibson and Sammy era are ridiculed for making it worse, i don't quite see the progression one way or the other in nearly twenty years, so why are they the scapegoats, when this has been a on-going problem?..what i will say for them is that they try to bring discipline and professionalism into a squad of young players, instead of just partying and relying on their talent alone to shine on the day.

  • Zorina on February 7, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Wow WICB is trying to make Gibson into a coach just as they have been trying for years to make Sammy into a cricketer, and now Devon Thomas into a wicketkeeper. What baffles me, however, is that comment by Michael Muirhead. I wish one journalist would ask Muirhead what "significant value" Gibson has added to WI cricket.

  • Alex on February 6, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Its good for Sammy and Gibson ,but with SARWAN in the squad WI will never move forward.

  • jaswant on February 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    The cauldron will continue with the same recipe.OG lack of people's managerial skills is an important issue which is hard to resolve.His personality doesn't have room to effectively deal with people.The curtain seems set to draw on Shiv's ODI career.With not much test matches ahead, he might as well know his cricketing days are over. There are two ODI to be played,but I fear the worst.There hasn't been a replacement for Chanderpaul in the one dayer even though he is one of the best player in world cricket.Good luck to OG and the WI.I see a very foggy future.

  • Balaji on February 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    oh that gibson again. westindies can win 1 or 2 T20's here and there . sammy is the use less one to play cricket in the world now. A batting average of 20 with 4 fifties in 90 odi's and a bowling average of over 40 with not even a single 5 wicket haul.test case is even poor . fielding is worser. his bowling ,batting field decisions are a joke.West indian cricket has degraded so much that he has been praised after t20 wc win. sack gibson . bring on gerome taylor,charlesjohnson and allow chanders to play oneday for a few games which is good for youngsters to learn. please sammy pss on captaincy to samuels and keep sarwan even though he is on a lean patch .he is the only test stuff after chanders and samuels. A land of lyod ,sobers, holding...... walsh ,lara has now become a thrash.Wicb is bad

  • ken on February 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    OH HELL! Now Chanders One day career is over for real... and with the few test matches WI manage to secure these days, he is just as good as retired from all cricket.

  • Shahin on February 6, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    best wishes to westindies team & gibson