Ottis Gibson is the new West Indies
coach. He comes with impeccable credentials as a former Test player – albeit
only two – but his previous job is the most significant.
Gibson was the England bowling
coach and a reasonably successful one at that.
Conservative English eyebrows were
raised when the Barbadian got the England appointment ahead of better known
candidates but in his two years there Gibson acquitted himself superbly with
the highlight being England regaining the Ashes last year.
Now for the even bigger and more
demanding task of steering the West Indies back to somewhere near their past
It definitely won’t happen but
hopefully Gibson will at least raise our standards above losing to Bangladesh.
It doesn’t matter that it was a fifth-grade West Indies side, the ignominy will
As usual, the West Indies Board
found a cack-handed way of installing Gibson, announcing his appointment when
caretaker manager David Williams who was hoping to get the job, was preparing
his troops for battle Down Under.
The West Indies Board keeps
changing its personnel with every newcomer claiming they will put the team’s
best interests ahead of everything else first. Yet no matter who arrives it’s
always a bad fit. Will this madness ever end?