Gibson leaves England set-up

Ottis Gibson has been given free reign by West Indies (8/1 to win the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup) as the country’s new head coach after the 40-year-old decided to leave his post with England (10/1).

Gibson, who succeeded Allan Donald with the Three Lions in September 2007, will take over from interim coach David Williams for the tour of Zimbabwe at the end of this month.

West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Ernest Hilaire also revealed Gibson, who played two Tests and 15 one-day internationls for the Windies, will take responsibility for and oversee coaching right across all of the country’s representative cricket teams.

“Ottis will begin his appointment from the start of the home series against Zimbabwe,” Hilaire told CBC Radio.

“I think we need to take Ottis’ appointment in stride. He will be the head coach of the WICB, and not just head coach of the senior team. He will have responsibility for coaching right across all of our representative cricket teams.”

Gibson’s departure leaves a huge void to fill in the England (3/1 to retain the Ashes Down Under) set-up with a busy year coming up, culminating in the trip to Australia at the end of the year to defend the Ashes.

There is plenty of cricket of cricket to play before then with a Twenty20 series against Pakistan in Dubai later this month before an understrength side travels to Bangladesh.

England are still odds-on favourites to land both series, priced at 1/4 to win the three-match ODI series and 1/5 to take the glory in the subsequent two-Test series.

Bangladesh, who beat a second-string West Indies in a Test series last year, are 5/2 to take the spoils in the one-dayers, and 10/1 to come out on top in the Tests, with the draw at 5/1.

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