Gibson’s job will cover every level

Ottis Gibson has finally been
appointed as head coach for West Indies after weeks of speculation.

Barbadian Gibson had been the
England bowling coach since 2007.

England’s coach Andy Flower has
begun urgent discussions with Hugh Morris, the managing director of England
cricket, about the potential replacements for Gibson, who has resigned less
than a fortnight before England depart for a trip to Dubai, where they face
Pakistan in two Twenty20 games, and then Bangladesh.

Gibson, 40, represented the West
Indies in two Tests and 15 one-day internationals and has been coaching
England’s bowlers since replacing Kevin Shine.

He succeeds the Australian John
Dyson, who was fired as West Indies coach in August.

Theo Cuffy, Cayman cricket’s
technical director, said: “It’s always good to see a local person getting this
job. I’ve known Gibson since he was a youth player and thought then he would
make the West Indies team.

“He didn’t get much of a chance
with the West Indies set up, but that’s a different story.”

Cuffy is not entirely happy that
Gibson has also been assigned to monitor cricket at grass roots and development
level too.

“What West Indies needs is not a
coach per se. You cannot coach world class players like Gayle, Sarwan and
Chanderpaul. They are already at the top level.

“What they need is a manager or technical
director who can work on strategy. If a player has a technical problem then an
assistant coach can help iron out his flaws.

“Gibson has a big job now, not only
as coach but to oversee cricket’s development of the whole region when West
Indies are not travelling or in competition at home.

“Once again, I don’t agree with the
way the West Indies Board went about picking Gibson. David Williams is coaching
them on tour in Australia. Imagine how he must feel to hear that he has been
replaced!

“I hope Ottis comes home and gets a
good team around him.”