Langeveldt out as new coach shakes it up

The Mercury - - SPORT - Stu­art Hess

OT­TIS Gib­son’s plans to tin­ker with South African cricket’s coach­ing struc­ture may cause mi­nor ruc­tions for Cricket SA, but it must have been some­thing the or­gan­i­sa­tion had en­vis­aged when they ap­pointed an over­seas coach for the Proteas.

Yes­ter­day, Gib­son re­vealed that he has held dis­cus­sions with CSA about “key po­si­tions” he be­lieves will make a “real dif­fer­ence to coach­ing in this coun­try.”

Es­sen­tially Gib­son is look­ing for a cou­ple of high-pow­ered lo­cal ad­vi­sors who he will be able to de­pend on for tips about lo­cal play­ers. While some may see that as be­ing the role of the na­tional se­lec­tors, it is those in­di­vid­u­als’ coach­ing ex­per­tise and ob­jec­tiv­ity that Gib­son will be call­ing on.

Gib­son wants CSA to ap­point “elite” coaches for bat­ting and bowl­ing that will ini­tially help the na­tional side, but will also prove ben­e­fi­cial over­all to the lo­cal game.

“When we are on tour and we have a cou­ple of in­juries, I want to know who’s the next best fast bowler in the coun­try, I have a per­son I can go to,” said Gib­son.

Quite where those in­di­vid­u­als will fit into the cur­rent coach­ing struc­ture in SA is a mys­tery. There are al­ready the six fran­chise coaches, the SA A team coach (Rus­sell Domingo) and then an Academy coach in Shukri Con­rad. All of that is over­seen by CSA’s high per­for­mance man­ager Vin­cent Barnes.

Gib­son said he held fruit­ful dis­cus­sions last week with most of the fran­chise coaches where he out­lined his plans for the na­tional team, par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to strate­gies for the one-day in­ter­na­tional side with an eye to­wards the 2019 World Cup.

“I had a re­ally good dis­cus­sion last week with most of the fran­chise coaches, to in­tro­duce my­self, and get a mes­sage to them about what I need from them and what they may need from me as well, with (to) re­gards com­mu­ni­ca­tion and how that com­mu­ni­ca­tion works both ways,” Gib­son ex­plained.

Gib­son, has pro­vided CSA with a list of can­di­dates from which he wants to draw his new coach­ing staff which he wants in place by the time the Proteas re­gather to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for the four-day Test against Zim­babwe in Port Elizabeth on Box­ing Day.

Charl Langeveldt’s con­tract as bowl­ing coach will not be re­newed, with Gib­son say­ing yes­ter­day that he had been work­ing with the fast bowlers in ad­di­tion to his role as head coach.

“Cricket SA has to make that hap­pen,” Gib­son said about con­tract­ing his staff.

“Some (names) are from over­seas, some lo­cal; I want a bat­ting, an as­sis­tant, a field­ing and a spin-bowl­ing coach. That’s four plus me, which will make up the coach­ing staff.”

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