Ottis Gibson Leaves West Indies Job

Ottis Gibson
Ottis Gibson has left his position as West Indies head coach after a four-year spell in the job
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have confirmed that they and head coach Ottis Gibson have parted ways.

Gibson, who took over as West Indies coach in January 2010, has agreed to a mutual termination of his contract.

"Today the West Indies Cricket Board and Mr. Ottis Gibson mutually agreed to terminate their association with immediate effect," a WICB statement confirmed.

"The WICB wishes to express its gratitude to Mr. Gibson for his unwavering commitment and professionalism during his tenure as the Coach of the West Indies team."

Richie Richardson will take charge of the team for the series against Bangladesh.

Former fast bowler Gibson played two Tests and 15 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies and started his coaching career in England, first with Leicestershire and then as the national team's bowling coach.

He led the West Indies to the ICC World Twenty20 title in 2012 and signed a new contract in February 2013 which was due to keep him in position until 2016.

However, that deal has run for less than 18 months.

Paying tribute to Gibson, WICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead said:

"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."

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