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Ottis Gibson appointed Head Coach at Yorkshire CCC

Ottis Gibson appointed Head Coach at Yorkshire CCC
Ottis Gibson appointed Head Coach at Yorkshire CCC
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Yorkshire County Cricket Club today announces the appointment of Ottis Gibson as Head Coach on a 3-year contract. He will start work from the end of February 2022.

Ottis will report into the interim Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket, Darren Gough, and will have overall responsibility for the performance and management of the First Team, supported by two assistant coaches who will be appointed shortly.

Gibson joins Yorkshire with a wealth of coaching experience having previously performed the role of Head Coach for the West Indies and South Africa, and Bowling Coach for England and Bangladesh.

The former West Indies all-rounder played two Test Matches and 15 One Day Internationals during a 17-year playing career, and was in charge of the side during their 2012 T20 World Cup triumph. Gibson also formed a key part of England’s backroom staff during two Ashes series victories and has played a pivotal role in the development of many players around the world.

The 52-year-old has also experienced county cricket, representing Durham, Glamorgan and Leicestershire across both red and white ball games. In 2007, Gibson made history, taking ten wickets in an innings against Hampshire for Durham.

Ottis will join up with the club once his contract with the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League finishes next month.

Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Ottis to the Club. His playing and coaching credentials speak for themselves and he has had a distinguished career performing at the highest level. Ottis’ character and his commitment to buying into the process that we are going through at Yorkshire County Cricket Club shone through in our discussions. He is someone that I know will encourage dialogue and help foster a culture of inclusion at the Club, as well as supporting and developing the world class talent we have here and pushing them to the next level. I look forward to working with Ottis over the coming weeks and months as we continue our rebuild of the Club”.

Ottis Gibson, incoming Head Coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said:

“I'm extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club as Head Coach. This is one of the most prestigious roles in English County Cricket, and I am really looking forward to working with this talented group of players to take the club forward. I've spoken at length with Goughy about the direction the club is heading in and I'm excited to be a part of that future.”

Darren Gough, Managing Director of Cricket, Yorkshire County Cricket Club:

“Ottis becoming Head Coach is an important moment for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and we are very happy that he has become part of the team. Ottis is one of the best coaches in the world and will be a fantastic addition. His knowledge, commitment, experience and cricket know-how will be vital for us as we move into pre-season and get ourselves up and running. We were absolutely blown away by the level of interest and quality of candidates for this role, but I have no doubt that he’s the best person for the job and will pick up the challenge with relish”.

The club is still in the process of hiring for a number of coaching and backroom medical roles, more information on which can be found [here], as well as six non-executive director positions.

Ottis Gibson Biography

Ottis Gibson is a Barbadian cricket coach and former cricketer who played for the West Indies cricket team. From 2010 to 2014, Gibson was the head coach for the West Indies, where he was in charge during their 2012 T20 World Cup triumph. Ottis has previously twice worked as bowling coach for England, from 2007 to 2010 and again from 2015 to 2017 before he took up the Head Coach position of the South African cricket team from 2017 to 2019. Since 2019 he has worked as a Head Coach in the Bangladesh Premier League before he was appointed as the Bangladesh bowling coach. Ottis will join up with the club once his contract with the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League finishes next month.


Following a very positive dialogue since the appointment of Lord Patel as Chair in November 2021, the Trustees of the Graves Trusts have confirmed their support for Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s proposed amendments to Club rules that are intended to give clarity on the relationship between the Trustees and YCCC.

The Trustees, who are professional and independent, and the Club are in full agreement to the removal of a requirement for the Trustees’ prior written approval to be obtained before a person can be appointed a member of the Board or before the Board can remove a member.

In practice, the Trustees’ consent to an appointment of a Board member has never been withheld, and their consent to the removal of a Board member has never been requested. At all times, the Club has had sole responsibility for employment decisions.

The affairs and activities of the Club have always been managed by the Board, and the Club’s powers are exercised by the Board, which is entirely independent from the Trustees, who are not members of the Board, and have no involvement in the Board’s day-to-day decision-making. To avoid any ambiguity, the right to appoint a representative to attend Board meetings as an observer in order to monitor financial performance will also be removed from all finance agreements.

The Trustees will continue to monitor and appraise the financial stability of their investment, given their own fiduciary duties.

The proposed changes are currently under the necessary legal review, and currently being finalised before being presented to Members at the forthcoming AGM; both parties, however, are clear in their agreement for the updated terms.

Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said:

“Lending from the Graves Trusts is incredibly important financially for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, but Trustees are not involved in how we run the Club. Since I became Chair, we have had very constructive discussions with the Trustees, who are fully supportive of the steps we are taking to rebuild the Club and invested in our success, but it is clear to me that they hold no influence on the decisions of the Board as this is a commercial agreement. We are making these changes, in the interests of transparency and in line with good governance, to remove any misunderstanding of the role of the Trusts”.