Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson is undergoing knee replacement surgery next week, which he hopes will open up the chance of bowling in the nets at his players next summer.

Gibson will be bed-bound for a short time afterwards, though he is planning to be up running quickly and hopes part of his winter will see him travel to the UAE in January to take up an assistant coach’s role at the ILT20 competition.

The former West Indies fast bowler was assistant to Andy Flower last year as the Gulf Giants won the inaugural competition.

“It’s basically half a knee replacement on the inside,” he said. “My meniscus is gone. The surgeon says, ‘No more injections, they’re not going to help.’ 

“Anyway, he’s very confident that I’ll be up and running in no time.

“If it goes well, I will definitely get my boots on and bowl in the nets. I’ve been looking forward to doing that, but I just can’t run on my knee.”