Ottis Gibson named Bangladesh’s new bowling coach

Ottis Gibson named Bangladesh’s new bowling coach
Ottis Gibson named Bangladesh’s new bowling coach

Ottis Gibson has been appointed as Bangladesh’s new bowling coach. Former West Indies bowler Gibson had also coached South Africa before his tenure ended in August 2019. He had also coached England and West Indies in the past.

Ottis Gibson replaces Charl Langeveldt as Bangladesh’s new bowling coach. Charl Langeveldt now serves as South Africa’s bowling coach after he resigned from his position in December 2019 on Cricket South Africa’s request.

Gibson signed a 2-year contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and will immediately tour Pakistan with the Bangladesh team which will also serve as his first international assignment as the new bowling coach. Bangladesh is set to depart for Pakistan on Wednesday, January 22 for the 3-match T20I series from January 24 to 27 in Lahore. Bangladesh will then return in February for 1 Test and then return in April after Pakistan Super League (PSL) for a one-off ODI and the remaining Test in National Stadium Karachi.

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BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said about Gibson’s appointment: “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,”

The 50-year-old bowling coach represented West Indies in 2 Tests and 15 ODIs. Ottis Gibson also played 177 first-class matches and scored more than 650 wickets at an average of 27.79. He has also played 212 List A matches and claimed 310 wickets at an average of 24.30.

Gibson, who is also a coach of Cumilla Warriors in the recent edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, had been in talks with the BCB regarding the role of the bowling coach and replacing Charl Langeveldt.

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