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Gibson to take up the bowling coach role along with his head coach duties for the Proteas 

Gibson to take up the bowling coach role along with his head coach duties for the Proteas
In past, Ottis Gibson has also been involved in the fast bowling programme set by the ECB at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in London. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Former South African bowler Charles Langeveldt will not be offered a new contract for the role of bowling coach of South Africa when Ottis Gibson chooses his support staffs in the coming weeks. Although Gibson didn’t reveal who will be on the support staff list, he made it evident that he will take care of the bowling coach role in addition to his duties as head coach. He is likely to select a panel of four support staffs which includes a batting coach, a spin-bowling consultant, a fielding coach and an assistant coach.

Gibson to take up the bowling coach role along with his head coach duties for the Proteas 1
As reported by ESPNcricinfo, batting coach Neil McKenzie is likely to be given a new contract while there is no clarity over the current spin-bowling consultant Claude Henderson. Dale Benkenstein who was associated with Hampshire earlier is currently the frontrunner to get the role of an assistant coach.

“There are names at the moment. Obviously, Cricket South Africa has to make that happen. At the moment there are just names of people that I think can do a good job with the team, some overseas, some local. I will do the bowling, and then there will be a batting coach, a fielding coach, an assistant coach and a spin bowling coach – so four, plus myself. Having spoken to Charl, bowling has always been my specialism as a coach, fast bowling. He fully understands that” Gibson was heard saying.

Gibson to take up the bowling coach role along with his head coach duties for the Proteas 2
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Langeveldt was appointed as the bowling coach after Allan Donald left after the 2015 World cup. The supports staffs who worked under former coach Russell Domingo was retained for Gibson’s first assignment. However, he will get to choose a new panel for his second assignment South Africa takes on Zimbabwe for a four-day Test match scheduled to begin on Boxing Day.

Gibson to take up the bowling coach role along with his head coach duties for the Proteas 3Notably, Langeveldt may be awarded a role to work with the domestic players to create a supply line for the national squad as Gibson has raised an idea of elite batting and bowling coaches. In a unique way, Gibson has given an open invitation to the franchise whenever the national are in town.

“For example, if we get to Port Elizabeth and there is no franchise cricket, then the two preparation days we have is an open invitation to the franchise coach to come and see how we do things. Wherever we go in the country, there is an open invitation to the franchise coaches to be a part of our preparations,” the former West Indian bowler concluded.

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