Domingo still in line for ap­point­ment

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Con­trary to wide­spread re­ports, Proteas head coach Rus­sell Domingo is one of the coaches short­listed for his po­si­tion at the con­clu­sion of the team’s tour of Eng­land.

Re­ports this week sug­gested Domingo, who is cur­rently pre­par­ing the Proteas for the four-test series be­gin­ning on Thurs­day against Eng­land, had not reap­plied for his job. But Cricket SA (CSA) spokesper­son Al­taaf Kazi con­firmed yes­ter­day that he was one of those be­ing con­sid­ered for the post.

While Kazi re­fused to dis­cuss the rest of the seven can­di­dates “to re­spect the process”, the spokesper­son felt com­pelled to con­firm that Domingo had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in con­tin­u­ing in his job due to the grow­ing spec­u­la­tion, most of it false, around whether he had.

A CSA in­sider said Domingo – whose name fea­tures in the hat with those of Highveld Lions coach Ge­of­frey Toy­ana, for­mer West Indies bats­man Phil Sim­mons, for­mer Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener, for­mer Border, Ti­tans and Pak­istan coach Richard Py­bus, for­mer Ti­tans coach in Rob Wal­ter, and for­mer Proteas coach­ing staffer Paddy Up­ton – has al­ready been in­ter­viewed.

Ex­plain­ing how the im­pres­sion was cre­ated that Domingo had not reap­plied, the of­fi­cial said maybe it was be­cause in his ini­tial dec­la­ra­tion of in­ter­est, the link he’d sent to CSA for his CV had not worked, putting a ques­tion mark on his ap­pli­ca­tion un­til he sub­mit­ted a phys­i­cal copy of the doc­u­ment.

Re­gard­ing the process go­ing for­ward, Kazi said the panel as­sem­bled to de­cide on the new coach – for­mer Proteas coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Si­mons, in­de­pen­dent board mem­ber Nor­man Arendse, HR spe­cial­ist Oupa Nk­agiseng and board mem­ber Ri­han Richards – would make their rec­om­men­da­tion at CSA’s board meet­ing on July 21.

“We’ll prob­a­bly an­nounce just af­ter the fourth test against Eng­land [which con­cludes on Au­gust 8],” said Kazi.

Whether Domingo’s de­ci­sion to reap­ply for his job will keep him in it is a moot point, given how his team has frit­tered away most of the good­will it had cre­ated with a sen­sa­tional run of win­ning ev­ery series it was in­volved in from July last year with an early exit from the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and two series de­feats (one-day in­ter­na­tional and T20) against Eng­land in the past month.

Most con­cern­ing from those re­sults was the Proteas again ca­pit­u­lat­ing in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy the mo­ment they got into pres­sure games, al­most mak­ing a mock­ery of the new team cul­ture that was hailed as re­spon­si­ble for the ma­jor­ity of the past year’s re­sults.

Look­ing at Domingo’s would-be re­place­ments, Toy­ana is prob­a­bly the favourite af­ter re­build­ing the Lions as a win­ning team and pro­duc­ing a steady stream of play­ers for the Proteas. Wal­ter, who is coach­ing the Otago Volts in New Zealand af­ter win­ning tro­phies in all three for­mats in his two-year stint with the Ti­tans, would be next in line.

Up­ton, a fit­ness trainer-cum-men­tal strength and lead­er­ship guru in sport, is a curious case be­cause what he spe­cialises in is what the Proteas des­per­ately need.

Klusener, cur­rently the as­sis­tant coach for Zim­babwe, had a promis­ing run at the Dol­phins be­fore one or two player bust-ups gave his bosses the im­pres­sion he’d lost charge of the dress­ing room, re­sult­ing in his con­tract not be­ing re­newed.

Sim­mons, the for­mer Ire­land and West Indies coach and cur­rent con­sul­tant to Afghanistan, of­fers the in­ter­na­tional as­pect of the in­ter­est.

NAME IN THE HAT Richard Py­bus

IN­CUM­BENT Rus­sell Domingo

CAN­DI­DATE Ge­of­frey Toy­ana

IN LINE Lance Klusener

ALSO THERE Phil Sim­mons

ME TOO Paddy Up­ton

CA­PA­BLE Rob Wal­ters

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