A process of appointing a new Proteas management team is underway after Cricket South Africa opted against renewing the contract of coach Ottis Gibson.
Gibson led South Africa through an utterly disappointing 2019 World Cup campaign, and on Sunday it was confirmed that his tenure has come to an end.
It forms part of a considerable restructuring, with Gibson’s management staff of Malibongwe Maketa (assistant coach), Dale Benkenstein (batting coach), Justin Ontong (fielding coach) and Claude Henderson (spin bowling coach) all moving on as well.
Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, whose tenure comes to an end in September 2019, expressed to the board his wish not be considered for another term as joint team manager and team doctor, which the board accepted.
Attention will now turn to the appointment of a new management team to take the Proteas to India for three T20Is in September and three Tests in October.
For the time being, Corrie van Zyl will serve as acting Director of Cricket, and will be in charge of those appointments.
In the meantime, CSA will advertise the positions of Director of Cricket, Team Manager and convenor of selectors.
‘This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport,’ commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
‘I must stress that the new structure was not a rash decision. It was taken after much deliberation by the Board, taking all the factors into consideration about the current state of our cricket and also the plan that we need to get to within the timelines we have set.
‘I would like to thank Ottis Gibson, other members of the team’s current senior management, and our long-serving team manager, Dr. Moosajee, for their national service to South African cricket.’
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