Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons have joined Norman Arendse, Rihan Richards and Oupa Nkagisen as the Cricket SA’s Board of directors have appointed a five-man selection panel to recommend who will be the Proteas’ coach after the tour to England.
Both the names are former coaches. Simons was the national team’s coach between 2002 and 2004. He doesn’t boast of a great record and his career was highlighted by the disastrous 2003 World Cup finish too.
Kirsten was more successful and served during the period between 2011 and 2013 just after winning the World Cup with India. Under his helm, South Africa went on to claim No.1 Test rankings following series wins in Australia and England.
Cricket South Africa is currently in search of a new Head Coach, as confusion surrounds the future of current coach Russel Domingo. No details were made public about the process potential candidates must follow.
Domingo, whose contract ends after the upcoming England tour, hasn’t openly shown any keenness in continuing the job. In the past, he has had his contract extended three times after being appointed in 2013. Even if he is interested, he will have to will be required to ‘re-apply’ to stay in contention for the job along with other ‘interested’ applicants.
CA also may be on a look out for a new name in place Domingo, as the incumbent coach claims that he has received no direction related to the re-application process. The cricket board many seem less excited but the current coach enjoys popular support including from the likes of AB de Villiers and his deputy Faf du Plessis, who feel that the 42-year old should stay on till the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
CSA’s panel is now taking careful measures in order to help the players stay focused ahead of the tour of England and Champions Trophy. The decision on the matter will be taken in September ahead of a two-Test series against Bangladesh.
Domingo departure has potential setbacks. The high performing support staff may also leave with him in all likeliness, as the new coach will demand his own team. Assistant coach, Adi Birrell, the bowling coach, Charl Langeveldt, the batting consultant, Neil McKenzie; and a spin bowling coach, Claude Henderson all are his recruits. Fitness trainer Greg King and a physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, and team manager Mohammed Moosajee have also been associated with Domingo for a long time now.