South Africa news May 18, 2017

Kirsten, Simons on five-man panel in hunt for new SA coach


Gary Kirsten, along with Eric Simons, is a former national coach of South Africa © Getty Images

Cricket South Africa has nominated a five-man panel including two former national coaches, Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons, to recommend a suitable candidate for the position of head coach, which it aims to fill by the beginning of September. Current coach Russell Domingo's contract expires at the end of the England tour in August and while free to reapply for the post, he has not indicated whether he will put his name in the hat.

If Domingo does apply, he, along with other candidates will be screened by a panel which consists of CSA's lead independent director Norman Arendse, board member Rihan Richards, transformation and cricket pipeline committee member Oupa Nkagisang and the two former coaches. It is not clear whether the panel will search for suitable candidates or whether applications have been opened, but either way, the panel will have about three months to decide on their recommendation. It will then be up to CSA's board to ratify that choice.

Domingo has been in charge of South Africa since after the Champions Trophy in mid-2013 and has had his contract renewed three times but cannot be rolled over again in order to meet corporate governance requirements. Domingo enjoys widespread player support and is the only coach to oversee a South African victory in a World-Cup knockout match - the 2015 quarter-final. He has also been in charge through a severe dip in form - when South Africa crashed from No. 1 to No. 7 on the Test rankings - and a subsequent revival that has seen them climb to No. 2. They cannot move any higher in their next series against England - even with a 4-0 victory - but that is unlikely to have as much effect on whether Domingo stays on as head coach or not as the Champions Trophy. With the new coach's tenure set to include the 2019 World Cup, CSA is likely to lean towards someone who it thinks will bring the team success there.

CSA has already put faith in the current crop of selectors, whose tenure began after the 2015 World Cup. Convener Linda Zondi, along with Hussein Manack, Errol Stewart and Lux Qoboshiyana (who replaced Ashwell Prince after he became Cobras' coach last September) have had their term of office extended until after the 2019 World Cup. The selection panel has presided over the rise of several stars for South Africa, including Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj, and has done so while adhering to strict transformation targets.

The only other notable change to the structure is the appointment of Robin Peterson as the eminent past-player representative on the cricket committee. Peterson replaces Prince in that role.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Ma_Dee on May 19, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    @Stormer1980,CSA announced long ago that they will search for a coach during this time as the current coach's contract expires at the end of the English series,after about three weeks there is the Bangladeshi series starting. CSA doesn't want to look for a coach within three weeks in case Domingo doesn't continue. Another factor is Domingo's contract has been extended three times previously and CSA doesn't want to extend it again because in law that might create an impression that the contract is indefinite, so if Domingo doesn't do well in England and in the few upcoming series, CSA might struggle to get out of that contract if they renew his contract now. So CSA want to cover itself there as well.Like Firdoose says they can't extend it anymore, so he has to sign a completely new employment contract if is to continue.

  •   Cricinfouser on May 19, 2017, 9:30 GMT

    appoint kapil dev as csa coach.

  • Smackmapitchup on May 19, 2017, 8:04 GMT

    @GURUGHANTAAL Unless he does a reverse Michael Jackson, he doesn't meet "transformation" targets.

  • stormer1980 on May 19, 2017, 6:55 GMT

    What an odd time to talk about change in coaching SA Set up ... Champions Trophy is around the corner and the coach needed his 100% there !

    Now he has this on his mind as well .... Begs the question ?

    Does CSA want to win the champions trophy ? if they do , wouldn't the coach look good and how would they be able to get rid of him if he won an international trophy ? Have they earmarked someone already ? Hence the announcement before the champions trophy ...

    I cannot understand CSA thinking around this

  • gurughantaal on May 19, 2017, 6:08 GMT

    Why isnt gary himself applying for the job. Or has he elevated himself now?

  • cricfan80566013 on May 19, 2017, 4:46 GMT

    Not sure why there would need to be a transformation committee in picking a coach..

  • haha1 on May 19, 2017, 1:23 GMT

    @WILDAWG yeah get the guy Rob Walter back-he has done a great job with Otago-they are last in all three formats!! Awful selection by Otago, and take his mate as well!

  • Shongololo on May 18, 2017, 23:35 GMT

    Stephen Fleming - best brain in the business

  • dessy on May 18, 2017, 23:34 GMT

    A good Captain may not necessarily make a good Coach

  • Ma_Dee on May 18, 2017, 22:39 GMT

    @Googlyman,Russell is very popular with the current players. And I don't quite agree when you say he didn't inspire .When he took over there were a lot of retirements and a lot of new players came on board and the team is still doing well. His short format win ratio is the best of any previous coach and his Test record is also up there amongst the top(Gary obviously has the best record in Tests).With that said he obviously won't stay there forever,however if I was part of that panel, two names were gonna come out of my mouth, Toyana or Walters.

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