Former South African head coach Ottis Gibson is the new bowling coach of Bangladesh cricket team. A release from Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed his association with the team on Tuesday.
Gibson replaced Charl Langeveldt and signed a two-year agreement with the board. Gibson will take charge from Bangladesh’s upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan, scheduled from January 24-27 in Lahore. While speaking about the appointment, the BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said that the experience of Gibson would be beneficial for the team.
“He brings in tremendous experience and has coached or played all over the world. He has also had the opportunity to observe Bangladesh cricket from close. I am sure he will be a very valuable addition to the Bangladesh Team’s coaching group.”
Langeveldt resigned from the role in December 2019 and since then the pace bowling coach’s post has been vacant. Langeveldt had to leave the role to fill the same position in the Proteas national team. Gibson previously worked in Bangladesh cricket circuit as the coach of Cumilla Warriors in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League. The 50-year-old was also the head coach of West Indies and was bowling coach of England. His most recent assignment in international cricket was with South Africa as he their head coach of South Africa during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The Bangladesh T20I squad will be leaving Dhaka for Pakistan on January 22. The tour will begin with the first of three T20Is starting on January 24, Friday. Apart from the T20Is Bangladesh will be seen playing two Test matches and a solitary ODI with Pakistan.