YORKSHIRE have announced Ottis Gibson as the club's new head coach.

The former West Indies and South Africa Head Coach has signed a three-year contract at Headingley with the view to taking over his role fully in February once his contract with the Multan Sultans comes to an this month.

Gibson has also previously been bowling coach for England and Bangladesh and played for Glamorgan, Durham and Leicestershire. 

The appointment comes after the departure of Andrew Gale following public outcry over the club's handling of allegations of institutional racism, with former player Azeem Rafiq central to the case. 16 other members of staff were let go as the club look to rebuilld for the fortcoming season. 

Gibson said: “I’m extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club as Head Coach.

"This is one of the most prestigious roles in English County Cricket, and I am really looking forward to working with this talented group of players to take the club forward.

"I’ve spoken at length with Goughy (Darren Gough) about the direction the club is heading in and I’m excited to be a part of that future.”

Gough, who is managing Director of Cricket said: “Ottis becoming Head Coach is an important moment for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and we are very happy that he has become part of the team.

"Ottis is one of the best coaches in the world and will be a fantastic addition. His knowledge, commitment, experience and cricket know-how will be vital for us as we move into pre-season and get ourselves up and running.

"We were absolutely blown away by the level of interest and quality of candidates for this role, but I have no doubt that he’s the best person for the job and will pick up the challenge with relish”.