West Indies news August 19, 2014

Gibson and West Indies part ways

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Krish 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.

  • Weldon 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Who is next? Darren Sammy Ottis Gibson.

  • Anver 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 !!!!

  • Yarman on August 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • David 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.

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