Ottis Gibson, the West Indian international, played for Glamorgan in 1994 and 1996. The all-rounder struck 10 half-centuries and claimed 80 wickets in 29 first-class matches during his association with the Welsh county, and during 1996 he shared in a record seventh wicket partnership of 211 with Tony Cottey against Leicestershire at Swansea.
His skiddy seam bowling and bold strokeplay made him a useful acquisition, although he was affected by niggling injuries and at times was unable to bowl at full throttle. The latter was the case during 1996 when he claimed just 20 wickets, compared with 60 during 1994 – a summer
when he claimed three six-wicket hauls, against Somerset, Durham and Worcestershire. Although all of best performances for Glamorgan came on Welsh soil, Ottis rarely found much pace to help his pace bowling from the pitches at either Cardiff or Swansea.
The Bajan all-rounder played in 2 Tests and 15 One Day Internationals for the West Indies, and besides playing in League cricket in Lancashire and Staffordshire, Ottis also played in first-class cricket in South Africa, where he represented Border, Griqualand West and Gauteng. In September 2001 the ECB appointed Ottis as its National Coach for the North-West England region.
In 2004 Ottis returned to playing action as he joined Leicestershire on a two-year contract. In 2006 he joined Durham and after his efforts in taking 80 first-class wickets during 2007 – his final year of playing county cricket – Ottis was voted Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Between 2007 and 2010, and again from 2015 to 2017 Ottis was England’s bowling coach. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Head Coach of the West Indies, before fulfilling a similar role with South Africa from 2017 until 2019. In January 2020 Ottis was appointed the bowling coach for Bangladesh.
GIBSON, Ottis Delroy
Born – St. James, Barbados, 16th March 1969.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 97 v Leicestershire at Swansea, 1996; 6/64 v Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens, 1994.
In List A cricket – 68 v Warwickshire at Sophia Gardens, 1996; 3/34 v Essex at Sophia Gardens, 1994.