Gibson signs new WICB contract

Published: Thursday | February 7, 2013 Comments 0
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson - Randy Brooks/WICB Media photo
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson - Randy Brooks/WICB Media photo

ST JOHN'S, Antigua:

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday announced that Ottis Gibson has signed a new contract as head coach.

The term of the contract is three years and will go to 2016.

Gibson has served in the position for the past three years, from January 2010.

"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," WICB chief executive officer, Michael Muirhead, said.

"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.

"There have also been clear successes under his stewardship from 2010 to date. These include, most notably, having coached the team to the World Twenty20 title, the team showing consistent improvements in the other formats, the reintegration of players into the team unit and the achievement of the set goals as outlined in the WICB Strategic Plan 2011-2016," Muirhead added.

LOOKING AHEAD

"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," Muirhead said.

Gibson, who is currently with the West Indies team in Australia, commented: "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 ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka. 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."

He added: "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.

"We will also look to climb the ICC rankings in all three formats ... you set goals and the real enjoyment is when you achieve those goals and see progress being made," Gibson concluded.

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