Foreign coach could benefit SA cricket

West Indies cricket coach Ottis Gibson speaks during a press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on November 7, 2012. Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP

JOHANNESBUEG - In the aftermath of the Proteas’ disastrous tour of England, the focus now shifts on who will be appointed as the new coach.

Current coach Russell Domingo is still in the running after he reapplied to keep his job.

But, word from the British media is that England bowling coach Ottis Gibson’s name has already been bandied about as a possible replacement for Domingo.

Gibson is not new to South African cricket having had first-class stints as a player for Border, Gauteng and Griqualand West.

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As a coach, the 48-year-old has international experience. He has had two spells as England’s bowling coach and was the head coach of the West Indies back in 2010.

CSA now need to decide who takes on the Proteas job ahead of the upcoming home series against Bangladesh which starts in September.

Speculation is rife that SA cricket bosses want to buy out the former fast bowler from his current contract with the ECB, which ends in 2018.

Perhaps, appointing Gibson could be a good omen for SA cricket.

Many of our country's franchise cricket coaches are lacking the experience needed to coach at international level.

Geoffrey Toyana and former Titans coach Rob Walter are the two most experienced names to be linked to the job.

Toyana also ticks the transformation box after he became the first black African to coach at franchise level in 2012.

The likes of former Proteas Mark Boucher, Nicky Boje and Ashwell Prince haven’t been coaching at franchise level for very long. And Malibongwe Maketa of the Warriors and Grant Morgan of the Dolphins are also relatively new to the domestic franchise coaching scene.

Furthermore, the national team is yearning for success at major ICC events.

And there is no doubt that CSA will only consider a candidate they feel will help the Proteas break their hoodoo at the World Cup in two years’ time.

That man in change will need to be capable of instilling a never say die attitude in the Proteas - who for so many years have failed after going in as one of the favourites to win.

So, we will now wait with bated breath to see who Cricket South Africa unveils as the South African team coach. Whoever they unveil, that man must know that the country will be counting on them to lift the Proteas to their maiden World Cup title in 2019.

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