Former West Indies pace bowler Ottis Gibson has named as new coach for South Africa cricket team by Cricket South Africa (CSA). He is all set to start his new job from September with the first assignment against Bangladesh at home. The contract is set to end after ICC World Cup 2019.
Gibson was involved with the England setup as bowling coach and also was the head coach of the West Indies Cricket team. However, he has made sporadic appearances for West Indies at the international stage. He played 15 ODIs and 2 Tests for West Indies in a career that spanned only four years from 1995 till 1999. He has played a lot of world-class cricket around the world and had experience of playing competitive cricket in South Africa for sides like Gauteng, Border and Griqualand West. The highlight of his first class career was taking 10 wickets in an innings for Durham against Hampshire.
CSA Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat said that Ottis Gibson was the best choice among all the candidates due to his past experience as Head Coach of West Indies Cricket Team. Gibson also stated that he is honored that Cricket South Africa has nominated him as the Head Coach and would do his best to bring silverware to the country.