West Indies news August 19, 2014

Uncertainty over Ottis Gibson's future as West Indies coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ottis Gibson's status as West Indies coach is shrouded in uncertainty on the eve of the one-day series against Bangladesh. He was not present at the team's training session in St George's, Grenada, on Monday ahead of the first ODI on Wednesday. Assistant coach Stuart Williams oversaw practice, and is likely to take charge for an interim period.

The Trinidad Express reported that WICB president Dave Cameron confirmed Gibson's absence from training and said the board was in "discussions" with him. "He is not in Grenada, that much we can confirm," Cameron reportedly said. "Nothing [else] that I wish to confirm at this time. We are in discussions."

Gibson began his tenure as West Indies coach in February 2010. Since then West Indies have played 29 Tests, of which they have won nine and lost 16; 90 ODIs, winning 36 and losing 48; and 45 T20 internationals, winning 22 and losing 21.

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  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    He Gibson was allowed to mess with WI cricket to the point that even the great Clive LLoyd will find difficulty in putting together a reasonable team.Shiv a quality player whose stats and performances speak volumes was almost eliminated from international cricket.He managed to strike him off the ODI. Why keep him?

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    looking at the quotes that are post here show the bias opinion of you all I personally believe that until the players decide that they want and are willing to put in the effort to improve West Indies cricket will continue to be the laughing stock of World cricket, we have not produce a quality batsman or bowler of the highest quality since 1995 only Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan with more than 4000 test runs and Fidel Edwards with more than 150 wickets is not good enough to win international cricket matches so there is the problem not who the coach is.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    A foriegn coach has not worked and it will never work.The main cause is that all West Indies Test players are forced by the WICB to return to the West Indies and play in the local cricket matches arranged by the WICB to be considered for selection in Test Matches. Gradually all upcoming West Indies players have not been playing League and County Cricket in England as they had been doing since the 1930's,starting with Learie Constantine and George Headley.My suggestion is that once you discover a talented player that shows a lot of promise take the next step and get him a contract in League or County Cricket in England.When West Indies dominated Test Cricket for 15 years every cricketer had a background in League or County Cricket.Frank Worrell said it in his book" In league cricket you come up against so many different varieties of bowling you meet swerve,spin,varing pace-the lot.It gives the cricketer from the tropics invaluable experience of English weather and English wickets."

  • Christopher on August 19, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    I do not know whether Otis Gibson is a good coach or not, but he seemed to bring some much needed discipline to a very undisciplined team. It seems to me he had more successes with this team than the three foreign coaches who had the benefit of a few "great" players: Lara, Ramdin, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Samuels, Gayle, and Bravo. Like all coaches Gibson has strengths and weaknesses.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    yes, WI should have a foreign coach. Since the players are very poor in performing, a senior coach from overseas may bring some success than present. He will set a side politics brings in who can be good for the country regardless of age.

  • Joshua on August 19, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Don't know how this will turn out, but from my own observation no cricketer (new or experienced) has improved during his tenure. The "big three" of Gayle, Sars & Shiv were all victims while the performances of the young and talented have stagnated and declined.

    I believe Sir Curtly Ambrose should be made coach for 6 reasons.

    1. He's a legend of the game (brings a lot of weight)

    2. He's just got this "vibes" to him that makes you, even as a watcher, want to be in his presence.

    3. He knows the group of players already being the bowling coach so the transition will be smoother.

    4. Since his appointment as bowling coach, the bowling selections and performances have been admirable. He gets results.

    5. He is very involved with the action (like Donald is with SA).

    6. He has got great character and is well respected (after all, he was knighted).

    He's my first choice but we have others from the Caribbean who are worthy of the post. No need to go overseas unless totally necessary.

  • Jonathan on August 19, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    yes yes he is gone mickey arthur is free get him because he knows alot about australian conditions for the worldcup and he is a strict coach that keeos his house in order

  • Steve on August 19, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    I don't mind if Gibson and WI board/team can't work together any more. But, talk about timing of this, right before an international series (granted, BD isn't exactly of international standard these days)! Overall, Gibson hadn't had a comfortable tenure with senior players. Dropping Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, Sammy and several other seniors (I support Gibson because he went by attitude & performance criteria for selection, not by name/fame) wouldn't have sat very well with WI fan base. I always thought he would go before his contract is up.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Why must WI go outside of the Caribbean for a new coach. This kind of thinking is puzzling.Things had to change so we chop off from the top along with the selectors hoping that they were responsible for so many failures , but WI need the players of TEST quality to win matches .

  • Mohamed on August 19, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    WI vs PAK April 23, 2011 ODI - Quote from match report: "…West Indies' greatest errors stemmed from their misreading of the pitch for today's game - an unforgivable error as they should have known what to expect after the Twenty20, which was also played at Gros Islet." Pak captain was shocked that WI chose to bat 1st and laughed about it later. Gibson displayed his incompetence earlier in the WC played in the subcontinent. Having batsmen lifting weights, thus having 'heavy hands' and unable to lift their bats. Playing ODIs as though it was T/20 when par score in most matches was around 240-250. Trying to get rid of Shiv (was successful in ending his ODI career) prematurely and messing with Sars and Gayle. Sars never recovered. Thank God Almighty that Lloyd came along today and thus Gibson must leave. Gibson was not a coach who inspired confidence nor was never a players coach. Addition by subtraction? You betcha!

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