Antigua (West Indies), Aug.20 ANI | 1 year ago

The West Indies Cricket Board has announced a parting of ways with head coach Ottis Gibson after an association of over four years.

The WICB released a statement on Tuesday night that confirmed that the board and Gibson had "mutually agreed to terminate their association".

The WICB has appointed former skipper Richie Richardson as the interim team manager for the series against Bangladesh. The rest of the coaching staff, including assistant coaches Stuart Williams and Andre Coley, and bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose, will remain in their positions.

WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said in a statement, "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."

Gibson was praised for his "unwavering commitment and professionalism" during his tenure, which began in early 2010 when he left his job as England's bowling coach to take charge of West Indies.

During his time as head coach, West Indies won nine of 36 Tests and won four Test series - two against Bangladesh and one against Zimabwe.

However, they lost back-to-back series to New Zealand both away and at home over the past nine months.

They currently sit eighth on the ICC Test rankings, ahead of only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh; eighth on the ODI rankings; and seventh on the T20 rankings.

Their most notable achievement during Gibson's tenure was winning the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.

(Posted on 20-08-2014)

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