Ottis Gibson wants to keep his job.
The West Indies cricket coach has revealed that he has started preliminary discussions with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) with the aim of having his current three-year contract renewed.
Gibson’s initial contract with the WICB expires in February and the former West Indies player has already expressed an interest in continuing in the position.
Gibson is expected to continue talks on his future with a new CEO set to replace Ernest Hilaire who is spending his last month on the job. Hilaire is due to take up a new post as St Lucia’s High Commissioner to London.
“It is up to the board…we have had tentative discussions already. I have made no secret of the fact that ..as far as I am concerned the job is a three to five year situation” said Gibson, currently with the West Indies team in Sri Lanka preparing to compete in the ICC Twenty20 tournament starting next week.
“We have only had three years…so they know how I feel…so it’s up to them at the end of the day how they will decide”
Gibson was previously England’s bowling coach before he became head coach of the Caribbean side.
Under Gibson, West Indies have played 21 Tests with four wins, nine loses and eight draws, winning series against Bangladesh and New Zealand but losing to South Africa, India, Australia and England.
However, with West Indies preparing to go into battle in a potentially competitive world T20 competition, contract renewal, he noted, was not foremost in his mind.
“Obviously there is a new CEO coming and stuff like that…I think there is a board meeting this week and I don’t know if they are discussing it but I am not focusing on that at the moment,” Gibson said
Since taking charge of the team Gibson has had strained relations with two of the senior players, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan, and while Gayle has returned to the fold after an 18-month absence, Sarwan remains outside the set-up. The Guyanese middle-order batsman recently told British reporters in Leicestershire he had no interest in playing for the regional side with Gibson at the helm.