Gib­son set to be named as SA coach

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

Ottis Gib­son

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