Gibson's immediate departure confirmed

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The West Indies have lost coach Ottis Gibson a day before the first ODI against Bangladesh, with the mentor leaving his post with immediate effect after speculation about his tenure on Tuesday was confirmed.

The West Indies have lost coach Ottis Gibson a day before the first ODI against Bangladesh, with the mentor leaving his post with immediate effect after speculation about his tenure on Tuesday was confirmed.

Gibson was not at training in Grenada, and on Tuesday night the WICB confirmed his role, which he'd had since 201, had come to an end. The team will be coached by team manager Richie Richardson during the Tigers' tour.

The WICB statement read on Tuesday: "Today the West Indies Cricket Board and Mr. Ottis Gibson mutually agreed to terminate their association with immediate effect.

"The WICB wishes to express its gratitude to Mr. Gibson for his unwavering commitment and professionalism during his tenure as the Coach of the West Indies team."

They then quoted Michael Muirhead, the WICB chief executive, as saying: "On behalf of the Board and West Indies cricket as a whole we express our gratitude to Ottis for his work, particularly in coaching the team to winning the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012, and offer our best wishes to him in all his future endeavours."

The new coach will have an uphill battle to face, as the Windies have dropped to eighth place on both the Test and ODI rankings, and to seven in T20s, their strongest format.

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