ST. JOHN’S: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) CEO Michael Muirhead is encouraging West Indians to apply for the vacant position of head coach of the region’s cricket team.
However, Muirhead said the WICB has begun a global search to find a replacement for Ottis Gibson, who ended his tenure as head coach of the West Indies’ cricket team last week.
“We would talk to everybody,” said Muirhead. “We are going on a worldwide hunt. We would like to put it out there. 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 released last 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.
“Ritchie has the experience to keep players together,” said Muirhead.
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.
Following the meeting, WICB directors were informed of the views of Pybus and Gibson and decided to terminate Gibson’s services.
“At some point we needed to reevaluate our position,” said Muirhead. “We did and he did. This was the point where we reevaluated. 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.”
The team has shown improvement under Gibson by winning the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka but the poor performances that have followed triggered calls for his termination.
“From our side having offered his resignation we accepted,” said Muirhead. “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.”