Ottis Gibson is to leave his post as England’s bowling coach to become head coach of West Indies.

Details are being ironed out, but he will almost certainly not be going with England on their six-week tour of Dubai and Bangladesh. England will probably now travel without a bowling coach for that trip…

Rumours about Gibson’s imminent appointment have been circulating in the Caribbean but the England and Wales Cricket Board have until now flatly denied all knowledge of Gibson’s leaving.

That departure, so Telegraph Sport understands, is now a formality. England’s players have already been informed…

Gibson had been employed by the ECB as a coach as long ago as 2004 before resuming his nomadic playing career – he had represented Barbados, Border, Griqualand West, Gauteng and Glamorgan – with Leicestershire and then two great years with Durham before retirement…

Gibson will replace John Dyson, sacked last August. Former wicketkeeper David Williams has been in temporary charge of the West Indies.

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