Gibson set to be named as SA coach
Ottis Gibson is expected to be named South Africa's new coach within days.
While Gibson is currently employed as the England bowling coach and is expected to report to Birmingham on Monday for training ahead of the first Test against West Indies, it is understood the ECB now sees his departure as inevitable and expects a deal to be finalised imminently.
Although England will hope Gibson is able to remain with them until the end of the Test series against West Indies - which could last until September 11 – it is aware that South Africa's next Test series (against Bangladesh) starts on September 28. South Africa will want him present at a training camp that precedes that series.
Faf du Plessis, South Africa's captain, confirmed earlier in the week that Gibson was the first choice of the panel charged with picking a new coach. That decision now has to be ratified by Cricket South Africa (CSA). That only leaves CSA and the ECB to agree a compensation figure. While Gibson has a year of his England contract remaining, it is understood he has confirmed to the ECB that he wants to take the position with South Africa.