Gib­son in line to coach the Proteas?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - LUNGANI ZAMA

THE search for the next South African coach may end at the door of the English chang­e­room, if reports emerg­ing from the UK are to be be­lieved.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia un­der­stands that for­mer coach Gary Kirsten has been bat­ting for the ser­vices of cur­rent Eng­land bowl­ing coach Ot­tis Gib­son, who is a fa­mil­iar face in South African cricket.

The Daily Mail re­ported that Gib­son could become South Africa’s first black coach, after Cricket South Africa (CSA) ap­proached him for the po­si­tion.

It is un­der­stood that Kirsten was at the first Test at Lord’s, where he spoke pri­vately to Gib­son, but was still await­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing clauses in Gib­son’s con­tract with the English and Wales Cricket Board.

The process to re­place Rus­sell Domingo as head coach has been un­der way for months, ever since CSA an­nounced that Domingo would have to ap­ply for his po­si­tion again, at the end of the cur­rent tour of the UK.

Domingo be­lat­edly threw his name into the hat, but CSA may be now look­ing to head in a new di­rec­tion.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia also un­der­stands that South African bosses cast the net fur­ther afield when they were not overly con­vinced by the cal­i­bre of can­di­dates at their dis­posal lo­cally.

Gib­son, a for­mer Bor­der, Gri­quas and Gaut­eng player back in his play­ing days, may well be con­vinced to shift from be­ing in the back­ground to tak­ing a key po­si­tion in the cricket world.

Though his ex­per­tise is in the bowl­ing depart­ment for Eng­land, his worldly play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as his un­der­stand­ing of the South African cricket land­scape, make him an in­trigu­ing op­tion for a South African side that has looked dis­tracted for much of their UK trip.

In re­sponse to the ru­mours, the ECB were quick to put out the fol­low­ing state­ment.

“We have had no ap­proaches to any of our staff and will not lis­ten to any ap­proaches un­til the end of the cur­rent se­ries.”

The Test se­ries be­tween South Africa and Eng­land ends at the con­clu­sion of the cur­rent match in Manch­ester, on Tues­day.

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