Graeme Welch    Getty Images
Graeme Welch Getty Images

Ottis Gibson’s absence has left a huge void in the English camp. The West Indian, who was England’s bowling coach, has now replaced Russell Domingo as South Africa’s Head Coach. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are looking for options to fill for Gibson and according to reports in ESPNCricinfo, Leicestershire bowling coach Graeme Welch is a serious candidate to take over. He has been asked to spend 2 days with the ODI squad. ALSO READ: Gibson believes South Africa can end World Cup drought in 2019

Welch will be working with the England side till the fourth ODI against West Indies at The Oval. Wasim Khan, the Leicestershire CEO, spoke to England’s assistant coach Paul Farbrace on Tuesday afternoon regarding the coach’s release for few days. Wasim told the website, “This is a great opportunity for Graeme. He is proving an excellent coach and we wouldn’t want to stand in his way.”

Welch too has expressed his interest for the role as a full-timer and called it “the pinnacle of my profession.” England’s head coach Trevor Bayliss has already stated that England will look for options for bowling coach during the ODI series. Nottinghamshire’s bowling coach Andy Pick will be with the side for the England-West Indies T20I.

Welch, an English all-rounder, has represented Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Wellington, in domestic cricket between 1992 to 2006. The 45-year-old has 477 First-Class wickets at over 31. He also has 2 First-Class hundreds and averaged almost 23 with the bat.