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Gibson quits, Richie to be interim coach

Calcutta: Ottis Gibson has quit as West Indies coach and will be replaced by Richie Richardson on an interim basis for the home series against Bangladesh, the West Indies Cricket Board said.

“Today the West Indies Cricket Board and Mr Ottis Gibson mutually agreed to terminate their association with immediate effect,” the WICB said in a statement.

“On behalf of the Board and West Indies cricket as a whole we express our gratitude to Ottis for his work, particularly in coaching the team to winning the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012, and offer our best wishes to him in all his future endeavours,” WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said.

Former captain Richardson, currently the team manager, will be in charge on an interim basis against Bangladesh.

The move follows changes to the national selection panel earlier this month with former captain Clive Lloyd taking over.

Clyde Butts, the previous chairman of the selection panel, and Robert Haynes made way for the new panel members, who also included former fast bowlers Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Walsh.

Gibson took over the West Indies coaching job in 2010 after quitting as England’s bowling coach.

West Indies are ranked eighth in Tests and eighth in ODIs. They take on Bangladesh for three ODIs, one T20 International and two Tests.