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A former Test fast bowler and an international coach with silverware to his name, Yorkshire have appointed West Indian Ottis Gibson as new head coach ahead of the 2022 summer.
Gibson remains the last bowler to take all 10 wickets in a innings in a County Championship match, for Durham against Hampshire in 2007.
Following a career which brought him 987 wickets and 8,318 runs as an extremely useful lower order batter, including two Tests and 15 one-day internationals for his country, Gibson moved into coaching.
He was first appointed as England’s bowling coach from 2007 to 2010, a role he returned to from 2015 to 2017.
Sandwiched in between, he was head coach of the West Indies from 2010 to 2014 and later coached South Africa from 2017 to 2019.
During his time with the West Indies, he led them to World T20 glory in 2012.
Gibson’s most recent coaching role was as Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach, with him helping the team famously win the opening Test of their New Year tour of New Zealand only a few weeks ago.
Born in Barbados, he is the cousin of West Indies women’s all-rounder Deandra Dottin.
In joining Yorkshire, he will complete the Northern set in that his career has also taken him to Lancashire and Durham.
He played (Bolton) league cricket in Lancashire as a professional between 1991 and 1993 before playing county cricket at Durham in 2006 and 2007, taking 181 wickets and scoring 1,360 runs in 66 matches across all cricket for them.
In his final season at the Riverside, he not only took his 10-47 against Hampshire, but he also helped the county win both the Friends Provident (50-over) Trophy and the Pro40 Division Two title.
That was the year he brought the curtain down on a professional playing career which had started with Barbados in February 1991.
In 2008, he was honoured as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year following his aforementioned final season exploits with Durham.
Now aged 52, Gibson’s love affair with sport started in Sion Hill, North Barbados, where he would play football, basketball and cricket as a youngster.
A seam bowler with pace and intelligence, he played his two Test Matches almost four years apart.
He debuted against England at Lord’s in June 1995, taking two wickets in the first innings of a defeat.
One of them was Darren Gough, the man who has appointed him to his new role at Headingley. Goughie mustn’t be the sort to hold a grudge, hey!
He then played against South Africa at Cape Town in January 1999, claiming one wicket and hitting a first-innings 37 in a loss.
His 15-game ODI career between 1995 and 1997 brought him 34 wickets with two five-fors plus one half-century with the bat.
Speaking to Sky Sports in 2018, he explained what he believes makes a good coach.
He said: “You’ve got to learn to understand your players – try to get to know your players quite quickly.
“But I also feel it is important that the coach is across planning and organising so that when you go around training everyone knows what their role is. Make sure that the environment that you create is one people are comfortable with.
“If they are and they can build confidence, then I guess you will go and express yourself in the sort of way you know you can play.
“When you go into a new environment, like I did with South Africa, you don’t know how you’re going to be accepted. But you go in there, be yourself with a set of values that you have as a person and a coach. Luckily for me, that’s worked out very well.
“The culture was already there, and the guys looked forward to me coming in and adding something new to what they were already doing.”