Faf Du Plessis Confirms Ottis Gibson Preferred Candidate To Replace Russell Domingo
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, on Thursday (August 10), admitted that Ottis Gibson is the front-runner to replace Russell Domingo as the Proteas’ head coach. The 33-year old said that the former West Indies bowler is the preferred candidate of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) five-man panel and also revealed that he has been discussing Gibson’s credentials with players from other countries who have been coached by the current England bowling coach.
Earlier this month, English media had reported that the five-man panel, which includes former South Africa coaches Eric Simons and Gary Kirsten, had recommended the West Indian and du Plessis’ latest comment has confirmed it. As per a report in Cribuzz, the recommendation is yet to be approved by the CSA but the discussions are ongoing.
“I don’t know Ottis. I’ve never worked with him,” du Plessis told media in Cape Town. “I actually spoke to a few of the West Indian guys because he coached there. I spoke to the English guys and there were a few different opinions, but the comments were positive. I spoke to Ben Stokes and he said he’s a really good bowling coach, but I’m not sure what he’ll be like as a head coach. Eoin Morgan said he’s good at what he does and that he’s a good guy, and that’s the most important thing.”
Du Plessis further said that parting ways with current coach Domingo ‘won’t be nice’ but admitted that a new coach with new ideas will be good for the team.
“The team knows Russell well and he’s established good relationships with the players. To lose that won’t be nice,” he said.
“But on the other side, it might be a good time for someone new with some fresh ideas. As long as the person in place is someone who understands South African cricket and understands our culture, it should make it easy to come in,” he added.
Gibson played domestic cricket in South Africa for six years, plying his trade for Border, Griqualand West and Gauteng. If he takes over as South Africa’s coach, his first assignment will be the two-Test series against Bangladesh, starting from September.
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