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Ottis Gibson leaves West Indies coaching role

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Richie Richardson will take temporary charge of the team (©GettyImages)
Richie Richardson will take temporary charge of the team (©GettyImages).

The four-year reign of Ottis Gibson as West Indies coach has been brought to an end, by mutual consent, on the eve of the West Indies' ODI series against Bangladesh, reports the BBC.

Team manager Richie Richardson will now take over the team's affairs on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement can be found.

Poor Test record

Gibson's tenure has not been flush with success, having only won nine out of 36 Test matches and only four series victories in total. Three of those series victories were against lower ranked sides, twice against Bangladesh and once against Zimbabwe. They now sit in eighth position in the ICC Test rankings and a long way from challenging any of the top sides.

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However, Gibson can point to the success of the side, under his guidance, when they won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2012, the highlight of his tenure. Overall though the side have been a shadow of previous great West Indies teams and Gibson's departure was perhaps inevitable given the poor record since he took over in 2010.

Progression

Prior to Gibson taking the reins he was bowling coach of England and perhaps sees this as his next move rather than a full coaching role.

The timing of his departure is not ideal as the West Indies embark on a series of matches against  Bangladesh, where an upset is not out of the question in any format of the game. More than most sides the West Indies need stability in their cricket if they are to thrive.

The tour

The Bangladesh tour comprises of three ODI games, a T20 international and two Test matches.

The first ODI played on Wednesday ended with the West Indies emerging victorious by three wickets. However, they were given a scare by Bangladesh as they were reduced to 34-5 at one point, chasing down Bangladesh's 217 for victory. They were rescued largely thanks to a sixth wicket partnership of 145 between Denesh Ramdin (74) and Keiron Pollard (89).

Unexpected result

Considering the upheaval of the previous 24 hours it was not entirely unexpected that the Windies would struggle in this game and they will need to be on their guard for the rest of the tour as Bangladesh will be looking for an upset to further dampen the spirits of the home nation.

Who do West Indies supporters think should take over the coaching role with their national side and hopefully bring back the good times to West Indies cricket? Please comment below.

Full fixtures for Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies

20th August 1st ODI, Grenada
22nd August 2nd ODI, Grenada
25th August 3rd ODI, St Kitts
27th August T20 international, St Kitts
5th-9th September 1st Test, St Vincent
13th-17th September 2nd Test, St Lucia

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