Ottis Gibson has been appointed Bangladesh bowling coach and will join the touring party immediately for the T20I series against Pakistan, set to begin on January 24 in Lahore.
Gibson has been contracted until 2022 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The seasoned coach is not new to coaching at international level and has got an impressive résumé.
The 50-year-old has worked with West Indies and England before and his most recent assignment was with South Africa where he worked as their head coach. His coaching stint with the Proteas ended following the ICC 2019 ODI World Cup.
He replaces South African former swing bowler Charl Langeveldt, who left the position in December 2019 to work with his home side after an administrative shakeup in Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Former West Indian paceman started his cricket career from Barbados and then played extensive domestic cricket in England and South Africa.
Gibson was part of the recently concluded edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and that's where he first got acquainted with Bangladesh players. He was fulfilling the head coaching duties for Cumilla Warriors and was in talks with the BCB for filling up the vacant post.
"He brings in tremendous experience and has coached or played all over the world," said the BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury in a media release.
"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."
Bangladesh team will arrive today in Lahore to partake in the three-match T20I series and Gibson is expected to join the staff at the earliest.
Bangladesh will return to Pakistan after a 12-year hiatus as both teams locked horns in the only T20I played in Pakistan back in 2008 when Shoaib Malik led the home team.