Ottis Gibson named Bangladesh fast-bowling coach

Bangladesh have appointed Ottis Gibson as their fast-bowling coach for the next two years. This will be Gibson’s first international coaching role since his tenure as South Africa’s head coach ended in August 2019.

Before the South Africa stint, Gibson had served as West Indies coach as well as two terms as England’s fast-bowling coach, both highly successful.

Gibson replaces Charl Langeveldt, who quit in December after less than five months in the role. He is now South Africa’s bowling coach.

ALSO READ – Interview: ‘With a national team, I have three years to develop a player. Here I have five weeks’

BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said Gibson’s inclusion wpuld strengthen the coaching team: “He brings in tremendous experience and has coached or played all over the world. He has also had the opportunity to observe Bangladesh cricket from close. I am sure he will be a very valuable addition to the Bangladesh team’s coaching group.”

Gibson will join the team in Pakistan for the three-match T20I series that begins in Lahore on Friday.

Gibson, who played two Tests and 15 ODIs for West Indies in the 1990s, became linked to the Bangladesh job after he had served as head coach of the BPL side Cumilla Warriors, which was directly managed by the BCB. Gibson said in an interview last month that he had enjoyed working with the domestic pace bowlers, particularly Al-Amin Hossain.