Yorkshire have appointed former West Indies allrounder Ottis Gibson as their new head coach, the club confirmed on Wednesday (January 19). The move comes after the club confirmed the departure of former coach Andrew Gale and his staff last month in the wake of the racism scandal.
Gibson will also have two assistant coaches alongside him as part of the coaching staff and will report to Darren Gough, the interim Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket. The 52-year-old has played two Tests and 15 ODIs for West Indies and has also enjoyed multiple stints in county cricket with the highlight being his 10-fer in an innings for Durham against Hampshire in 2007.
Gibson was working as Bangladesh's bowling coach recently and decided to not renew his contract after a two-year stint. He has also served as a bowling coach for England in the past and has had stints as the head coach of South Africa and West Indies. He will take charge by the end of February after completing his stint with Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League.
"I'm extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club as Head Coach," Gibson said following his appointment. "This is one of the most prestigious roles in English County Cricket, and I am really looking forward to working with this talented group of players to take the club forward. I've spoken at length with Goughy about the direction the club is heading in and I'm excited to be a part of that future."