Gibson allowed to speak to Windies

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Ottis Gibson

Ottis Gibson was appointed fast bowling coach on a full-time basis in October 2007

England fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson has been given permission to talk to the West Indies Cricket Board about its vacant head coach’s position.

Gibson has been overseeing England’s pace attack since 2007, when he replaced Kevin Shine, but could now take charge of his native West Indies.

Gibson was born in Barbados and represented the West Indies in two Test matches - one in 1995 and one in 1999 - as well as 15 one-day internationals.

But he enjoyed an Indian summer in his late 30s culminating in two prolific seasons with Durham, during which time he became the first bowler in county cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings since 1994.

The 40-year-old was asked to fill in for temporary fast bowling consultant Allan Donald in September 2007 and made a good enough impression to be installed on a permanent basis a month later.

Former assistant coach David Williams has been in charge of West Indies team affairs since former Australia opening batsman John Dyson was ousted just before last year’s ICC Champions Trophy.

But the WICB have made no secret of their desire to have a more permanent appointment in place by the time they host the ICC World Twenty20 later this year.

Should Gibson take the job that tournament would provide an early reunion with England, with Paul Collingwood’s side set to face the home team in a group clash on May 3.

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