West Indies news August 19, 2014

Gibson and West Indies part ways

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Ottis Gibson has officially ended his tenure as West Indies coach with immediate effect. The WICB released a statement on Tuesday night that confirmed the board and Gibson had "mutually agreed to terminate their association", ending the speculation that began after Gibson was absent from team training in Grenada on Monday ahead of the first ODI against Bangladesh.

Richie Richardson, the team manager, will take charge of the side on an interim basis for the series against Bangladesh. The rest of the coaching staff, including assistant coaches Stuart Williams and Andre Coley, and bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose, will remain in their positions.

"On behalf of the board and West Indies cricket as a whole we express our gratitude to Ottis for his work, particularly in coaching the team to winning the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012, and offer our best wishes to him in all his future endeavours," Michael Muirhead, the WICB chief executive officer, said.

The board's statement also noted Gibson's "unwavering commitment and professionalism" during his tenure, which began in early 2010 when he left his job as England's bowling coach to take charge of West Indies. During his time as head coach, West Indies won nine of 36 Tests and won four Test series - two against Bangladesh and one against Zimabwe.

However, they lost back-to-back series to New Zealand both away and at home over the past nine months. They currently sit eighth on the ICC Test rankings, ahead of only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh; eighth on the ODI rankings; and seventh on the T20 rankings. Their most notable achievement during Gibson's tenure was winning the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    as student of cricket we got to do better with our youth players and balance the WI cricket properly within the WI we can not have 6 players from one and none from the other carribean countries as a fan just dischouriging to watch the game

  • POSTED BY cricuscrazy on | August 21, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Gibson did no too bad a job.As soon as he came in he tried to tackle disciplinary issues which he and the board were able too.Atleast over the last couple of years or so there appears to be stability in the team atleast.I think he did what ever he could with the skillsets available at his disposal.

  • POSTED BY WeldonHosten on | August 21, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Some of the comments here reflects the wider problem of insularity among West Indian fans. As a West indian national and staunch West indian support, I see things from a different perspective. I want to see the best players and coaching staff take the field even if my island has no representation. However, in the long term I know that they will all be ambassadors of the caribbean, therefore, we are all represented.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    I'm amazed as to how much criticism Gibson got as Coach, his record is admittedly not great, but it's no worse than his previous appointments, John Dyson or Bennett King, now that's reminiscing the good old days of mediocrity and with a better squad of players to choose from back then. You didn't have the T20 guns for hire, waltzing in and out the squad, as often as we do now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Good riddance Ha Ha Gibson is gone, a long time coming I feel overjoyed. West Indies can't do any worst. I as a fan & all supporters of West Indies cricket or on a high. Looking forward to the future with great anticipation. I just want to get rid of Gayle as well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Who is next? Darren Sammy Ottis Gibson.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 21, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Why not try out VIV RICHARDS as WI coach ??? Masterful & Classy batsman of 80's deserves a chance for his services to WI cricket !!!!

  • POSTED BY Yarms on | August 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    I think the WI shouldappoint Duncan Fletcher... That will help India resolve a big issue!

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    No coach, not today or anyday, can or will be able to improve the WI performance. It is not a coaching issue, or perhaps it is. How can we expect a primary school student to succeed in university ? The cricketers coming to the national teams have no idea what the expectations of professional cricketers are. To impart that level of understanding and cricket IQ at the TEST level is too late. Our governments must also enforce the educational standards of aspiring cricketers. Every professional cricket player must know how to read and communicate at a professional level. We have none of the above,yet we are asking for a coach to perform miracles. Richardson, Lloyd, Ambrose etc were good players. Period. They are not coaches.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 21, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Hopefully this brings about positive changes for the West Indies team. Everybody likes the Windies, and wants to see them reagin some of their former glory. Tons of talent, but tons of mismanagement have left them languishing. Would love to see the Windies pounding the daylights out of Eng again. That was always fun to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    as student of cricket we got to do better with our youth players and balance the WI cricket properly within the WI we can not have 6 players from one and none from the other carribean countries as a fan just dischouriging to watch the game

  • POSTED BY cricuscrazy on | August 21, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Gibson did no too bad a job.As soon as he came in he tried to tackle disciplinary issues which he and the board were able too.Atleast over the last couple of years or so there appears to be stability in the team atleast.I think he did what ever he could with the skillsets available at his disposal.

  • POSTED BY WeldonHosten on | August 21, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Some of the comments here reflects the wider problem of insularity among West Indian fans. As a West indian national and staunch West indian support, I see things from a different perspective. I want to see the best players and coaching staff take the field even if my island has no representation. However, in the long term I know that they will all be ambassadors of the caribbean, therefore, we are all represented.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    I'm amazed as to how much criticism Gibson got as Coach, his record is admittedly not great, but it's no worse than his previous appointments, John Dyson or Bennett King, now that's reminiscing the good old days of mediocrity and with a better squad of players to choose from back then. You didn't have the T20 guns for hire, waltzing in and out the squad, as often as we do now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Good riddance Ha Ha Gibson is gone, a long time coming I feel overjoyed. West Indies can't do any worst. I as a fan & all supporters of West Indies cricket or on a high. Looking forward to the future with great anticipation. I just want to get rid of Gayle as well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Who is next? Darren Sammy Ottis Gibson.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 21, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Why not try out VIV RICHARDS as WI coach ??? Masterful & Classy batsman of 80's deserves a chance for his services to WI cricket !!!!

  • POSTED BY Yarms on | August 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    I think the WI shouldappoint Duncan Fletcher... That will help India resolve a big issue!

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    No coach, not today or anyday, can or will be able to improve the WI performance. It is not a coaching issue, or perhaps it is. How can we expect a primary school student to succeed in university ? The cricketers coming to the national teams have no idea what the expectations of professional cricketers are. To impart that level of understanding and cricket IQ at the TEST level is too late. Our governments must also enforce the educational standards of aspiring cricketers. Every professional cricket player must know how to read and communicate at a professional level. We have none of the above,yet we are asking for a coach to perform miracles. Richardson, Lloyd, Ambrose etc were good players. Period. They are not coaches.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 21, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Hopefully this brings about positive changes for the West Indies team. Everybody likes the Windies, and wants to see them reagin some of their former glory. Tons of talent, but tons of mismanagement have left them languishing. Would love to see the Windies pounding the daylights out of Eng again. That was always fun to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2014, 0:15 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."

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    What we are talking about here, Richie Ricgardson, Clive Lloyd etc. have all been tried one way pr another and have not produced what we expect or want. We are no longer the pride driven cricketers we once were, we have people like Ramdin dissing greats and then being made captain after all that, we have Gayle saying he would no be sad if there was no test cricket yet he remains in the side. No coach can fix that. Look at that shot that Pollard played today, the man was on his way to a century and we were on top, yet he played that stupid shot. No coach told him to do that. That just sums up our approach to games. No planning, at all. As i coach i would have been so upset i maybe would have dropped him for that but then the fans would would have called for my head and not see the bigger picture. That is the problem with our cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    I cannot understand why it took this long

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Finally West Indies cricket has done the right thing by letting otis gibson go this was long overdue

  • POSTED BY WeldonHosten on | August 20, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    The wider problem now is not so much that Gibson has left, but more so, who will replace him. As I earlier stated, the problem that is associated with Windies cricket is so enormous that any good coach who cares about results, success and his future will decline the job of West Indies head coach unless the sole factor is his remuneration. The wider problem of discipline is not only in cricket but pervasive in the wider youth population of the caribbean as well so good luck to the next statesman and nation builder as head coach.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    West Indies need to learn how to bat for 2 days and build an innings. Without this they should focus on T20. Good luck to the new coach.

  • POSTED BY WeldonHosten on | August 20, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    As a professional one have to be very careful with what job you take even when you are well qualified for the position. The failure or I would of the coach or underperformance of the the West Indies team is not a coaching problem. The major issues are withe the structure of cricket in the caribbean, the immaturity of the players and the future tours schedule. The cricket needs major restructuring which is currently being implemented..a good start. Players lack discipline from top down. Typical example is when the Windies captain threw down his bat and openly protest a decision by the umpire in the recently concluded CPLT20 and the infamous Fast bowler heated exchange with the foreign player. Thirdly, playing 2 test match series against teams will not help improve the performance of the team. With hindsight, I am sure that Otis Gibson would not have accepted the job in the first place.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | August 20, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Gibson may not have been the sole reason for WI failure but increasingly he became a large part of what was wrong with our cricket. One example should suffice. After Shiilingford was correctly dropped following the 1st test against NZ, Gibson said that he needed to develop a special delivery (now that his bowling variety is limited to avoid throwing). Two matches later Shillingford was back and unsurprisingly was treated with scant respect by the NZ batsmen. Having heard his coach in effect say that he was no longer a threat, the NZ batsmen had the confidence to really go after him and they did. Whether Gibson had a part in selecting him or not, making comments like that about a player who may well have been chosen again was just naive. He also never seemed like the sort of person that galvanized the team. Sammy did his best but there was need for a coach who understood men and knew how to instill discipline and also inspire. Gibson did not.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Rally_Windies, I like the Pollock idea. I really think the Windies only need to get a pace stable together in order to be competitive. India invests a lot in the elusive quest for pacemen (and still doesn't have much to show for it); in the interests of cricket, the ICC could do worse than subsidising similar academy training on different continents for promising Windies teenagers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Happy riddance...should have never be their anyway

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Ottis Gibson in my opinion unfairly became a polarizing figure in WI cricket. He came in and tried to do things his way which every coach has a right to do. Indiscipline was too rampant in the team.Then there were the player strikes and players looking like they couldn't care less. After the last world cup in India/Bang/Sl in which the coach blamed the senior players for not leading the way, The CG saga began shortly after, Sarwan looked a shadow of himself in the tournament and SC didn't like the new routine/regime. From then on people's opinion of him was formed. The results just didn't matter. Never mind that WI have been losing from way back when( probably mid 90's after losing to Aus in the caribbean). The WI has tried a lot of different coaches as well both local and foreign. M. Marshall, Viv and clive lloyd have all been involved in one way or another and well as foreign(B. King comes to mind). It's to simplistic to lay everything on coach and captain.

  • POSTED BY Outswinging on | August 20, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    No tears for Gibson here. I am very confident that Curtly Ambrose will appropriately motivate the young fast bowlers and give them a focused sense of purpose. Hopefully Chris Gayle will up the ante. The cloud over West Indies cricket should begin to clear. Richie Richardson, Courtney Walsh and Clive Lloyd.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | August 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Gibson is gone, but Stuart Williams is still there ?

    Desmond Haynes remains "fired" ....

    I don't know how good a Coach Ambrose is. He is a fierce competitor and can help with the mental side of things.... Maybe he can "fix" Tino .....

    WI needs to get a South African Bowling coach who was coached by Marshall ... Shaun Pollock would be excellent, since Allan Donald is tied up with South Africa...

    Haynes (desmonod not roger) would be the best batting coach...

    and Logie should be the fielding/catching and fitness coach ...

    Saqulain is an excellent spin coach ... what happened to him?

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 20, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    With Clive Llyod back at helm, I expect some meaningful steps to bring WI cricket back on track. Would like to see former greats Richards, Greenidge, Haynes, Garner, Holding, Roberts given specific roles to help in the process. WI cricket has been in unhealthy state for too long.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    This coach that coach the sarade continues. The coach is not the problem. Most of the players lack the skills required at test level.

  • POSTED BY wkpr on | August 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Removing him is a start and hopefully west Indies cricket can role a few more dead weight out of the set up so changes can occur and the right individuals hired for the job

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Have to say I feel a bit sad for Ottis. Maybe he was not the right man, but it is certainly hard when many of your most talented players would rather go play IPL than participate in your own domestic competitions. When the likes of Gayle, Bravo, Narine, Pollard and so many others are not in your first class system it robs you of not only role models for the younger players but also extremely talented cricketers which they can measure themselves against and learn from. A guy like Darren Sammy around the dressing room may just lift a younger raw talented player to his potential through his work ethic. But if he's not there, then who is he going to look to? Not only that but the performances of these guys in the extended version of the game has dipped dramatically due to their own self exclusion from the first class game. Sadly West Indies cricket is in an extremely awkward position, one in which it is quite hard to see changing.

  • POSTED BY siltbreeze on | August 20, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Anyone who thinks that Ottis Gibson was the main problem with WI cricket, and that getting rid of him will substantially change anything, just isn't living in the real world. Can we have him back as England bowling coach please?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    I think he has done enough than any other West Indian coach that comes to my mind. He had limited money, limited support and a host of other problems from WICB as well as players. Thanks for the work Gibson and he definitely has turned something - Fan from India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    One cannot manage with ego.When Gibson took over the first thing he did was to alienate the main core of the team and replaced them with some 'nice boys'. It was pure insanity to think that one could put a bunch of unfledged youngsters against world class teams and win. He soon found that it was never easy to put humpty dumpty back together again. That cost us the demise of some of our young prospects.Some are gone forever.There is not one young cricketer you can point to that has improved under Gibson. He has had enough vacations at our expense. Move out fast the door is closing.

  • POSTED BY Satish_13 on | August 20, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Mickey Arthur apparently being courted by the WICB to replace Gibson as head coach. Mixed feelings about that...

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | August 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Now with these changes must come a new way of selecting teams.You do not produce you are replaced...no matter what your name is or what you have done in the past.Silly ways of getting out must be reduced...no getting run out when we are behind by 300 runs.The rotating of the strike is important...hitting the ball on the ground should be ingrained in the batsmen minds...forget about trying to hit sixes and getting caught on the boundary.We need a batting coach..Gordon Greenidge comes to mind.Let's look forward.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    I certainly cannot shed any tears for the departing coach. To be quite honest with his dismal performance and his former support for the west Indies Cricket Board and their issues with players, Gale and others makes Gibson's departure most welcome in my view. Gibson should be made to repay the W I people for payment he received while not doing anything of merit for the body. Coaches have a responsibility way beyond merely appearing with the team and smiling like a clown. He was touted as a former England bowling coach. I do not recall anyone in England expressing any regrets when he left. Silence speaks volumes. Tino Best and Fidel are fast but with no direction. Best has never as far as I know has ever been scolded for conduct appropriate for players of the game. I do not recall any information on Gibson's coaching especially with old or new fast bowlers on strategy or control, change of pace and or length and the proper use of the short ball. His free ride has ended.

  • POSTED BY Markdal on | August 20, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Agree that for the WI, the coaches always seem to take the bullet for the under-performing team. I was glad to see Jason Holder finally get the Test call-up, and the recall of Suleiman Benn. Things were on the way up for WI, but then the Board decided that they didn't think Narine was worth negotiating over. Perhaps a strong coach might get his way, and have guys like Narine and Dwayne Bravo in his lineup, for the good of WI cricket as a whole.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I guess the Windies needed some big changes, which started from the top, then the selection commitee, the Captain and now the Coach. The reasons behind it and the general opinions will always be polarized, but i don't think it's such a bad thing when the same old results have occurred over the years and there comes a time when new faces and fresh ideas are needed every once in a while. What we need to establish is the availability of our top players and to negotiate between the International schedules and the T20 competitions that will inevitably clash along the way. There needs to be a nucleus and stability within the chosen players in the Squad, for any consistancy to develop. Big money T20 competitions around the world is a necessary evil, due to the revenue it brings within the game itself, so i just hope an agreement can be made to please both parties and not alienate individuals with petty-politics. The sooner that is sorted, the better for our future status.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I can't believe people calling for Sarwan to return to the test team. And we blame management? We need better pitches! That is the only way we can progress. We have good, young fast bowlers and batsmen. They need to be developed. The pitches are just not good enough! Let's solve that issue then try moving forward. Good luck Otis!

  • POSTED BY cricchanel.com on | August 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    This really bad news for west indies that at the opening day of the series against Bangladesh, Giibson ended the couching contract. This is not true professionalism, He must not ended before start of series. He should inform cricket board well before time.

  • POSTED BY SL-USA-Lions on | August 20, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @ Everyone...

    Best news I've heard of WI Cricket in the last few months...

    A change was needed and Gibson wasn't cutting it...

    Still waiting for The Phoenix to RISE...

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta2 on | August 20, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Strange how some people calling for Sarwan to return. Unfortunately, he is not the player everyone knew and loved, not exactly a world beater, not making loads of runs for Leicestershire. Ottis cut his international career short. Sarwan will now have to earn his place like everyone should.

  • POSTED BY MhabIburM on | August 20, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Sad news. I am sure it will affected WI in their performance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    We must all move on at sometime. Well done Ottis.

  • POSTED BY FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on | August 20, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    First Ambrose, now Lloyd in...an extended revamped season and now coach Gibson out...things are looking better and better for West Indies cricket. Get some life back into the pitches and we'll really be getting somewhere.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    WI Cricket needs a lot of fixing,but recently things seem to be going in the right direction,the restructuring of cricket in the region,having players understand the importance of their priority and loyalty to the national team,the removal of Sammy as captain of the test team and now the removal of Gibson.His removal is two years too late in my opinion,any coach that does not take responsibility for bad results is but choose instead to blame players,especially in public,is not a good coach,lets hope we now find the right coach for the job.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | August 20, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Sad saga for Windies Cricket continues. Tons of talent but no furnace to shape it well. All good ingredients are there but still the insipid dish. I hope greats like Richie Richardson and Curtly Ambrose help Windies Cricket to resume their pride.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    It is easy to blame the coach but sadly the structure of WI cricket has weakened. The talent pool appears narrower players regular focus on issues over money rather success on the pitch. It is easy to blame the coach in any sport, but they can only do so much. The senior players need to take more responsibility but equally the WI boards need to put aside inter-island politics to restructure the game over the longer term. Otis is a a good coach and he will probably return to the Emglish county game.

  • POSTED BY aeroboy.ae on | August 20, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    To be apart just before a packed series doesn't seem good to me.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | August 20, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Rehan_India: Windies have been "in transition" since 1995, eh?

  • POSTED BY ssundarraman on | August 20, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Gibson did his best. It is high time Windies include DJ Bravo into the test team. They have a real good bunch who can offer a tough fight to all the top teams. Their top order has to be strengthened. They will surely fare better than India in England and Australia for sure

  • POSTED BY Rehan_India on | August 20, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    What can I say, relieved & excited to hear this news. No disrespect to Mr. Gibson but I feel that he set the standards too high for a team which was in transition and not doing well.

    We all know that no player is bigger than the game itself but at the same time that is why coaches and support staffs are there to channel the energy in a positive way not to draw line in the and stick by it.

    Make Sir Viv Richard the coach, someone who knows the feeling of winning and conquering opposition, involve former players as consultant make cricket playing fun again after all it is a game.

  • POSTED BY SirBobJones on | August 20, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Congratulations on a great career as Windies coach, Otis. All the best with whatever you do next.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    well what to say the time was always coming .. just hope we get someone who could do a better job than him.. it should also be an eye opening for several key players in the westindies team if u dont perform u will get sack!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Thank god! Finally some good news for WI fans!

  • POSTED BY Samare12 on | August 20, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    More than a coach , WI need a proper cricketing structure to retain players and build their moral to accept values than money

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Hire Marvan Attapattu to replace this vacancy

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    in no other cricketting nation could a coach have such stats and have such a long tenure. new selection panel and new coach. good move west indies

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    Good news to Sarwan who can make his way back into the Test Arena.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Thank-you for your service. Good riddance!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    With a new Selection panel in place , the writing was on the wall for the Coach Gibson. We all keep looking at SOCCER and how the Coach get fired at will . Now the West Indies must find some youngsters that are up to TEST match material to go along with the new mangement and way of thinking . Such will take some time , so its GOOD LUCK to all of you.

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | August 20, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    had to happen sometime they dropped sammy at first when that didn't work they drop otis gibson yet the problem is staring them right in the face. The entire struture of cricket in the caribbean needs to be fixed poor pitches lead to poor matches and eventually talented players producing poor results. Some players should eventually be given the opportunity to play county cricket because if they remain in the caribbean they will become even worse. And then if west indies lose any match from now on the geniuses will suddenly appear and say that gibson is gone and west indies still play poorly. Gibson was only part of the problem the rest is up to the wicb and the individual cricket boards of the caribbean to get their acts together.

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | August 20, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    He should take the whole of the WICB with him too, then with all those characters gone hire an interim group of businessmen to temporarily oversee the managing of West Indies cricket and they in turn should seek to carefully put together a group of visionaries that can take over the reigns of West Indies cricket and make some real sense out of all this mess and chaos. Getting rid of Otis Gibson will do very little to make the situation better if the leaders in charge remain. West Indies cricket is in serious need of ethnic cleansing at the managerial level. Too many people that have no clue what they are doing in positions that they know nothing about. That is the real problem with West Indies cricket in a nutshell.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    WICB should be tough on coaches to come up with winning strategies. Good decision to cut Otis Gibson. When a team is not winning the first head that should roll is the coach. We see that happening in all major sports including basketball and football.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    sarwan should set eyes on making a return to west Indies team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    That's the best thing that happened in west Indies cricket

  • POSTED BY macadamnut on | August 20, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Typical WICB doing even the most obvious straightforward thing in the most dysfunctional way possible. Whether he was remotely competent or not, he gave what he could in good faith. Thanks, Ottis.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Hope the administration continues to weed out the non performers in the team. They are on the right track with the changes in the selection panel and the coach

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    Very late and very welcomed

  • POSTED BY TheZeus on | August 20, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Thank God....Now lets see if he really was the one restricting the progress of the team...

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  • POSTED BY TheZeus on | August 20, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Thank God....Now lets see if he really was the one restricting the progress of the team...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    Very late and very welcomed

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Hope the administration continues to weed out the non performers in the team. They are on the right track with the changes in the selection panel and the coach

  • POSTED BY macadamnut on | August 20, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Typical WICB doing even the most obvious straightforward thing in the most dysfunctional way possible. Whether he was remotely competent or not, he gave what he could in good faith. Thanks, Ottis.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    That's the best thing that happened in west Indies cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    sarwan should set eyes on making a return to west Indies team

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    WICB should be tough on coaches to come up with winning strategies. Good decision to cut Otis Gibson. When a team is not winning the first head that should roll is the coach. We see that happening in all major sports including basketball and football.

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | August 20, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    He should take the whole of the WICB with him too, then with all those characters gone hire an interim group of businessmen to temporarily oversee the managing of West Indies cricket and they in turn should seek to carefully put together a group of visionaries that can take over the reigns of West Indies cricket and make some real sense out of all this mess and chaos. Getting rid of Otis Gibson will do very little to make the situation better if the leaders in charge remain. West Indies cricket is in serious need of ethnic cleansing at the managerial level. Too many people that have no clue what they are doing in positions that they know nothing about. That is the real problem with West Indies cricket in a nutshell.

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | August 20, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    had to happen sometime they dropped sammy at first when that didn't work they drop otis gibson yet the problem is staring them right in the face. The entire struture of cricket in the caribbean needs to be fixed poor pitches lead to poor matches and eventually talented players producing poor results. Some players should eventually be given the opportunity to play county cricket because if they remain in the caribbean they will become even worse. And then if west indies lose any match from now on the geniuses will suddenly appear and say that gibson is gone and west indies still play poorly. Gibson was only part of the problem the rest is up to the wicb and the individual cricket boards of the caribbean to get their acts together.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    With a new Selection panel in place , the writing was on the wall for the Coach Gibson. We all keep looking at SOCCER and how the Coach get fired at will . Now the West Indies must find some youngsters that are up to TEST match material to go along with the new mangement and way of thinking . Such will take some time , so its GOOD LUCK to all of you.