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ECB reveals no approach made by South Africa on Ottis Gibson

Ottis Gibson is currently the bowling coach of England team
Ottis Gibson is currently the bowling coach of England team

England and Wales Cricket Board has denied any approach made by their counterparts Cricket South Africa on appointing former West Indies pace bowler as their new head coach.

Gibson, who was reappointed as the bowling coach of England team in 2015 has emerged as the leading candidate for replacing Proteas coach Russell Domingo, who had reapplied for the post that he claimed four years back.

Gibson also has experience of coaching West Indies team between 2010 and 2014 during which they won their maiden Twenty20 World Cup title in 2012.

However, the England board confirmed that they have not been approached by South Africa until now and any decision will only be taken after the conclusion of the ongoing Test series between the two teams.

"We have had no approach from Cricket South Africa. We will not listen to any approaches until after the current series has concluded," the ECB said in a statement.

Meanwhile, England assistant coach Paul Farbrace insisted that Gibson's departure will prove to be a huge setback for the team, if the reports are to be true.

“Ottis is someone with a lot of international experience. He did a great job for West Indies, winning the World Twenty20 in 2012.

"We wouldn’t want to lose him. He has done a great job for England but at the moment Russell Domingo is head coach of South Africa and doing a brilliant job, so it would be disrespectful of us to talk about his position.

"We have had nothing official and hopefully it will be left for the end of the series.”

At stumps on day one of the Old Trafford Test, England were positioned 260 for six.

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