Ottis Gibson
Ottis Gibson. Credits: Twitter

Former West Indies player Ottis Gibson won’t renew his contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as the fast-bowling coach of the Bangladesh national team.

The 52-year-old Gibson completed his tenure of two years with the BCB earlier this month and is set to join Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans.

Ottis Gibson didn’t want to renew his contract: BCB

BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed that Gibson didn’t wish to renew his contract and they will hunt for another fast-bowling coach.

Ottis Gibson didn’t want to renew his contract which we accepted. Local coaches will look after the fast-bowling department temporarily. We hope to replace Gibson with another foreign coach shortly,” Yunus told ESPNCricinfo.

Ottis Gibson
Ottis Gibson. Credits: Twitter

Gibson had replaced South Africa’s Charl Langeveldt as Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach in January 2020. Gibson had to work with the pace bowlers of the national team virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ottis Gibson insisted Mashrafe Mortaza to retire from international cricket

Gibson was the one who urged former Bangladesh player Mashrafe Mortaza to retire from international cricket after he played 220 ODI matches for nearly two decades. The intention was to allow young bowlers to get more opportunities and prepare them for the 2023 World Cup.

“I think he has had an outstanding international career. He has done himself and his country proud. With the next World Cup in 2023, any international coach will now start to build a team,” Gibson had told Prothom Alo back in May 2020.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. Image Credits: Reuters

“I am quite sure that’s what Russell (Domingo) will be thinking. So he would want to see players like young Hasan Mahmud, [Mohammad] Saifuddin, Shafiul [Islam] and Ebadot [Hossain]. We haven’t seen Ebadot in white-ball cricket yet. There’s Taskin [Ahmed] and Khaled [Ahmed] gets fit again. We have Hasan and [Mehedi Hasan] Rana. So there’s a lot of young cricketers in the country,” he added.

Ebadot Hossain picked six wickets for 46 runs as he helped Bangladesh script their historic Test victory against New Zealand by eight wickets.

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