Saturday, February 24, 2018

No Warwickshire job for Gibson

Dougie Brown has been appointed Warwickshire's new director of cricket ending speculation that West Indies coach Ottis Gibson may have got the position.

Gibson, currently in Australia with the West Indies team, had reportedly been on a shortlist for the job.

The former all-rounder Brown, who was assistant to previous boss Warwickshire Ashley Giles during last season's County Championship-winning campaign, steps up to the senior role with immediate effect.

Giles left Warwickshire to take up the role of coach of England's limited overs teams.

Graeme Welch will be Brown's right-hand man, while Tony Frost takes up a role as batting coach and second XI boss.

Warwickshire chief executive Colin Povey said: "After a thorough search and assessment process I am delighted by Dougie's appointment."

"It will provide continuity after a successful 2012 in which we won the County Championship title and ensure that the club's established cricket policies and processes remain in place.

"Dougie knows the club and the current crop of players as well as anyone, so he is well placed to take the squad forward."

Brown said: "It's a real honour for me to be given this opportunity to lead Warwickshire with the strong coaching support of Graeme Welch and Tony Frost.

"As a club and as a squad we are in a good place at the moment but we are very determined to deliver sustained success on the pitch."