West Indians urged to apply for Windies head coach position

 PARAMARIBO, Suriname, CMC-West Indians are being encouraged to apply for the vacant position of head coach of the West Indies Cricket team, Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board Michael Muirhead has announced.

Michael Muirhead
Michael Muirhead

However Muirhead revealed that the WICB has begun a global search to find a replacement for Ottis Gibson who ended his tenure as head coach of the regional side this week before the contract expired in 2016.

Media reports in Trinidad and Tobago are suggesting that Gibson’s replacement is likely to be the former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who recently finished his duties with the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

“We would talk to everybody. We are going on a worldwide hunt. We would like to put it out there,” said Muirhead in an exclusive interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

“We always would encourage West Indians but we have to evaluate them and put out our criteria. We would encourage West Indians. I can’t put a time table until we see what the pool of coaches is”.

A WICB statement earlier this week said Gibson and WICB ‘mutually agreed’ to terminate their association with immediate effect.

Team Manager, Sir Richie Richardson, has been asked to take charge of the team on an interim basis for the series against Bangladesh which started in Grenada on Wednesday with victory for West Indies.

“We are quite capable of functioning so as to carry the team through the Bangladesh series,” said Muirhead, speaking to CMC in Suriname while attending the 46th meeting of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).

“Ritchie has the experience to keep players together. He is someone to maintain the cohesiveness.”

Gibson and WICB Cricket operations director Richard Pybus did not see eye to eye during a meeting which discussed a string of poor performances from the regional side, the Trinidad guardian reported.

WICB directors, who held a teleconference last weekend and were informed of the views of both Pybus and Gibson, decided to terminate Gibson’s services, the Guardian also reported.

“At some point we needed to reevaluate our position. We did and he did. This was the point where we reevaluated,” Muirhead told CMC.

“It was not a situation where we woke up and said time to go. It is a process. It evolved. It was not a single event that precipitated this. We have a director Mr. Pybus, I am accountable to a board”

West Indies have shown improvements under Gibson by winning the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka but the poor performances that have followed including losing the recent series in the Caribbean to New Zealand have triggered calls in many quarters for him to be sacked.

“From our side having offered his resignation we accepted,” said the  CEO.

“It is no secret the team has not performed. He did take us to the T20. But we have a goal to be  the number one side in the world.”

More in Sports

The Guyana players are ecstatic at becoming overall champs for a 12th successive time.

Guyana crowned overall junior squash champions for 12th time

Despite failing to win the girls team title Guyana yesterday retained the overall team title at the annual junior Maples Caribbean squash championships for an incredible and unprecedented 12th successive year.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite defends a delivery during his top score of 74 on the third day of the opening Test against India yesterday. (Photo courtesy WICB)

Dowrich shines but Windies battling to avoid defeat

NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich struck his second half-century in only his third Test but West Indies were staring at a possible innings defeat after being forced to follow-on by India, on the second day of the opening Test here yesterday.

default placeholder

Contrsating wins for Bounty GCC, Hikers and GCC Vintage

Bounty Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Hikers and GCC Vintage secured contrasting wins when the Lucozade Indoor Hockey Championship continued on Friday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.

default placeholder

Riddim Squad, Camptown win by walkovers

Riddim Squad and Camptown secured walkover wins when the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Stag Beer League continued yesterday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground in Bourda.

default placeholder

Wolf’s Warriors Masters stop Floodlights

Wolf Warriors Masters secured an upset win over Floodlights Softball Cricket team last Sunday when the Wolf’s Warriors Challenge Cup softball tournament continued at various venues.

23 July 2016; Zouks captain Daren Sammy (C) celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad (out of shot) as Andre Fletcher (R) completes the catch and Kyle Hope (L) looks on during Match 22 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

Sammy stars again as Zouks sink Tridents

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – St Lucia Zouks closed in on the top four when they cruised to their second straight home win with an easy seven-wicket verdict over Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League here yesterday.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.



Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: