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Windies want Gibson to stay

HIGH-REGARD: Gibson is a wanted man

THE WEST Indies are hoping to tie down coach Ottis Gibson by offering to renew his contract. There is extra urgency on the Windies’ part, as Warwickshire are known to be keen in luring Gibson away.

The West Indies cricket committee recommended that Gibson’s deal should be extended, and, after meeting in St Lucia, the West Indies Board has given its approval.

However, Gibson is yet to put pen to paper – but the board remain optimistic he will sign, saying the deal is “expected to be concluded shortly”.

Warwickshire is not only looking at Gibson to fill their coaching vacancy, for Graeme Welch and Dougie Brown, both coaches at Edgbaston, have been interviewed today for the role.

Yet Gibson’s reputation in the game has risen considerably after the Windies triumphed last October in Sri Lanka, claiming the World Twenty20 title.

Although the details of the proposed contract extension have not been released, it is expected to be a three-year renewal.

Before taking on the role as Windies coach, Gibson was an England bowling coach for two years, and during his playing career he represented county teams such as Durham, Glamorgan and Leicestershire.

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