Cricbuzz has reported that the South African team is all set to have a new head coach from the beginning of September as current coach Russell Domingo’s contract expires on August 31.
The current coach has not re-applied for the role and meanwhile others are throwing their hats in for the coveted post. The report also say that South Africa’s primary aim is to find a coach capable of making the team perform well in the major ICC tournaments. They may appoint a black coach for the first time as there is a strong demand from people to appoint one.
Domingo was appointed as the assistant coach to Gary Kirsten in 2011 after which in 2013 he became the head coach during the ICC Champions Trophy. He coached the team in four ICC tournaments but could do little to bring their much wanted trophy. South Africa’s ongoing tour to England will be his last assignment. The Cricket South board has appointed a five-member panel to choose the right man for the job. The panel includes former India and South Africa coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simmons and three CSA board members, Norman Arendse, Rihan Richards and Oupa Nkagisang.
Five candidates who have applied for the post are Richard Pybus (who has also applied for the post of India’s head coach), South African franchise coaches Geoffrey Toyana and Malibongwe Maketa, current South Africa A coach Shukri Conrad and former Titans coach Rob Walter.
South Africa are currently in England to take part a four-match Test series starting on July 6 at the Lord’s cricket ground. In all likeliness, the new coach’s first major assignment will be against the Indian team as the Men in Blue will tour South Africa later this year, and they too will be with a new head coach who is yet to be chosen.
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