Gibson signs new Windies deal

2013-02-06 07:36
Ottis Gibson (AFP)

Antigua and Barbuda - Ottis Gibson dashed English county champions Warwickshire's hopes of hiring him on Tuesday as he signed a new contract with the West Indies.

The 43-year-old - who is presently in Australia with the team - signed a three year contract which will run till 2016.

Gibson has served in the position for the past three years, from January 2010.

"Ottis has added significant value to the development of the West Indies Team during his tenure and we are delighted to have secured his services for another three years," WICB Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead said.

"Most notably is that he led the implementation of a system of professionalism within the team unit and curbed the negative results which we were experiencing with some frequency.

"There have also been clear successes under his stewardship from 2010 to date. These include, most notably, having coached the team to the World Twenty20 title, the team showing consistent improvements in the other formats, the reintegration of players into the team unit and the achievement of the set goals as outlined in the WICB Strategic Plan 2011 - 2016."

Muirhead added that whilst his tenure had not been without its problems they were part and parcel of the job.

"While there have also been some challenges along the way, these are not to be unexpected in such a dynamic and high pressure environment and the WICB looks forward to the continued development of the West Indies team through this next critical phase under Ottis' stewardship at the elite team level," Muirhead said.

Gibson, a pace bowler who played two tests and 15 one day internationals, said he was delighted to have been signed up for a new term.

"There is a lot to do and things to look forward to. There is the Champions Trophy in England this year, we will be defending the World T20 title in Bangladesh next year and there is the World Cup in 2015.

"These are things we have talked about and these are things the selectors have been planning for," added Gibson.

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