Search for new Windies coach

Former West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.
AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has begun a global search to find a replacement for Ottis Gibson who recently ended his tenure as head coach of the regional side before his contract expired in 2016.

WICB Chief Executive Officer Michael Murihead is urging West Indians to apply for the vacant post of head coach of the West Indies team.

“We would talk to everybody. We are going on a worldwide hunt. We would like to put it out there,” said Murihead in an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

“We always would encourage West Indians but we have to evaluate them and put out our criteria. We would encourage West Indians. I can’t put a timetable until we see what the pool of coaches is,” he said. A WICB statement recently said Gibson and WICB “mutually agreed” to terminate their association with immediate effect.

Team manager, Sir Richie Richardson, has been asked to take charge of the team on an interim basis for the series against Bangladesh, which started in Grenada with victory for the West Indies.

West Indies have shown improvements under Gibson by winning the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka but the poor performances that have followed, including losing the recent series in the Caribbean to New Zealand, triggered calls for Gibson to be sacked.

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