Domingo earns praise from CSA


The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Ken Bor­land

Coach will still have to reap­ply for his po­si­tion, though.

Cricket South Africa CEO Ha­roon Lorgat yes­ter­day praised na­tional coach Rus­sell Domingo for the ex­cel­lent re­sults he has ob­tained with the Proteas and said the de­ci­sion to make him reap­ply for his job was solely to en­sure the gov­ern­ing body stayed on the right side of labour law pro­ce­dures.

“We con­grat­u­late Rus­sell on an ex­cep­tional sea­son, what a turnaround, the re­sults have been ex­cel­lent. But the de­ci­sion to make him reap­ply is about en­sur­ing we have good pro­cesses, in terms of labour law and how that views tem­po­rary as op­posed to per­ma­nent employment. The ex­perts say we need to get a new con­tract in place rather than an ex­ten­sion.

“The board will meet on May 11 and that process will com­mence, and who­ever is ap­pointed must then go through to the end of the 2019 World Cup,” Lorgat said.

Domingo has al­ready had his con­tract ex­tended twice and, in terms of labour law, re­gard­less of re­sults, there is ap­par­ently a dan­ger that if he is sim­ply given a third ex­ten­sion, he could ar­gue he has a de facto per­ma­nent con­tract.

May will be a busy time for CSA be­cause that is also when they will de­cide which bid­ders will be au­tho­rised to be­come team own­ers for the new Global T20 League to be in­tro­duced next sum­mer.

Lorgat con­firmed that the 11 in­ter­na­tional sta­dia in the coun­try – Wan­der­ers, Potchef­stroom, Cen­tu­rion, Wil­low­moore Park, Kingsmead, St Ge­orge’s Park, East Lon­don, Cape Town, Paarl, Bloem­fontein and Kim­ber­ley – were avail­able as host­ing venues.

He also said there would be no quo­tas in the tour­na­ment, but this did not mean teams could just ig­nore black play­ers.

“We’ve al­ready re­cruited many in­ter­na­tional play­ers for the draft and all 11 in­ter­na­tional-ac­cred­ited venues are avail­able for the team own­ers to choose as a base. Hope­fully they will work with the lo­cal sta­dia own­ers in put­ting to­gether their bid, with the ini­tial li­cence last­ing 10 years.

“Trans­for­ma­tion im­per­a­tives will con­trib­ute to­wards whether their li­cence is re­newed, it will be in the li­cence agree­ments that all teams should be mind­ful of CSA’s poli­cies and goals. We ex­pect them to sup­port our trans­for­ma­tion ef­forts,” Lorgat said.

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