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Windies coach signs new deal

NEW DEAL: Gibson extends his Windies stay

WEST INDIES coach Ottis Gibson has officially signed a new three-year-deal with World Twenty20 champions to keep him there until 2016.

The deal was complicated due to strong interest coming from Warwickshire, which wanted to make Gibson their director of cricket – a potential move there nearly was agreed last week when he went for a second interview at the club. However, the Windies were resolved to retain their man, and Gibson’s services will be at their disposal beyond the 2015 World Cup.

Gibson was appointed by the Windies in 2010, taking over from John Dyson. Previously, he was England’s bowling coach from 2007.

The West Indies 2012 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka capped off a remarkable year for the team that had shown significant improvement under Gibson.

Because of the success he has enjoyed, it was no surprise other outfits came calling as Gibson’s Windies’ contract wound down. Nonetheless, Gibson is staying put for now.

“I enjoy being involved in West Indies cricket and it is something I'm very excited about considering what we have achieved – especially in the last year - beating New Zealand at home in all three formats and winning the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka,” Gibson said.

“This confirms that we are making progress and I am happy to continue with the team for the next three years as we look to take West Indies cricket forward.

“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.

“We will also look to climb the ICC rankings in all three formats. This is something we have to strive for, to make the move up. There is a lot more one-day cricket than Test cricket this year, but next year there are quite a few more Test matches, so these will be opportunities for the players to perform and for the team to progress. You set goals and the real enjoyment is when you achieve those goals and see progress being made”, he added.

Windies chief executive, Michael Muirhead, said: “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.

“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”, he added.

Gibson’s team are playing right now a one-day series in Australia.

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