West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is out as coach of the West Indies Cricket team.
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Gibson, whose contract, whose contract was renewed last years and would have seen him remain in charge until 2016, resigned the position with immediate effect, after discussions with members of the West Indies Cricket Board executive.
His departure comes on the eve of the West Indies' two - Test series against Bangladesh that begins today with a One Day International in St. Georges, Grenada. The West Indies will play three ODI’s, one T20 International and three Tests in the series that ends on September 17.
In a statement released last night, the WICB expressed its gratitude to Coach Gibson for “his unwavering commitment and professionalism during his tenure as coach of the West Indies team.”
“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,” said WICB Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead.
Former West Indies batsman and team manager Richie Richardson will be in charge for the Bangladesh series. The remainder of the coaching staff remains unchanged.
Prior to the announcement, media reports this week suggested that Gibson’s tenure was ‘shrouded in uncertainty’ on the eve of the upcoming series. Those reports said Gibson was not at the team’s training session in Grenada on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s One Day International.
The Trinidad Express reported yesterday that WICB President Dave Cameron confirmed Gibson’s absence and that the board was in discussions with the coach who had been in charge of the West Indies since February 2010. Under his tenure the West Indies won only nine of 26 Tests and 36 of 90 ODIs.
Gibson’s poor winning record that also saw the West Indies lifting the 2012 T20 World Championships title and winning only 22 of 45 internationals, also helped bring into focus his relatively poor record of working in a harmonious environment with his players.
Ramnaresh Sarwan once accused Gibson of shattering his confidence. He was also involved in an infamous war of words with former West Indies captain Chris Gayle that ended up with the latter being excluded from West Indies selection for approximately 18 months.
Recent poor performances from the West Indies in losing consecutive Test series to New Zealand would also not have helped his cause and has prompted some observers to suggest that he was pushed.