Gibson to take over as Windies coach
Former England bowling coach Ottis Gibson will take over as head coach of the West Indies in time for the home series against Zimbabwe later this month, a cricket official in Bridgetown said.cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2010 20:10 IST
Former England bowling coach Ottis Gibson will take over as head coach of the West Indies in time for the home series against Zimbabwe later this month, a cricket official in Bridgetown said.
"Ottis will begin his appointment from the start of the home series against Zimbabwe," Ernest Hilaire, chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board, told CBC Radio in an interview.
Hilaire added that interim coach David Williams would remain in charge for the one-day tour of Australia before being appointed Gibson's assistant for the home series that starts with a Twenty20 international in Trinidad on February 28.
"I think we need to take Ottis' appointment in stride. He will be the head coach of the WICB, and not just head coach of the senior team," Hilaire said.
"He will have responsibility for coaching right across all of our representative cricket teams.
"This will give him an opportunity to stamp a particular style of coaching a West Indies way across all the teams.
"This is really important because by the time our players reach the senior team, they should be the finished article, and they really ought to be focusing mainly on their strategy, tactics, how they win games, and being able to execute."
Hilaire added that Gibson's appointment "has to be a long-term project. This is not a short-term project. We are not asking Ottis to turn around the West Indies fortunes and make them a winning team overnight. There has to be a gradual chain of development."
Former all-rounder Gibson represented West Indies in two Tests and 15 one-day internationals, and enjoyed a long first-class career in the Caribbean, South Africa and England.
He was named England's bowling coach in 2007; gaining experience Hilaire said had marked him out as the best candidate for the Windies job.
"We hope that with him responsible for all coaching, he can start outlining to the coaches of all our teams the kind of players and approaches he wants from the players to ensure there is a clear career pathway as they move from the junior ranks to the senior team," Hilaire said.
"He is a new era coach, and someone who has been exposed to all of the technologies and new approaches to coaching.
"We are hoping that he will bring to this task an understanding of West Indies cricket. He will have all requisite knowledge and skills."