Ottis Gibson appointed South Africa head coach

Ruben Hill
August 31, 2017

As a player, Gibson had a distinguished playing career for the West Indies, representing them in two Test matches - the second of which was the New Year Test at Newlands in 1999 - and 15 ODIs as an all-rounder between 1995 and 1999.

He has previously been head coach of West Indies (2010-2014), during which time he helped lead the side to success in the 2012 World T20.

"After following a rigorous process, we are delighted to welcome Ottis Gibson as the new head coach for the Proteas", said Cricket South Africa's Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

Ottis Gibson will face the same mountainous expectation that every other Proteas coach has when he takes over as South Africa's Head Coach: win the Cricket World Cup.

In a statement sent via Cricket South Africa, Gibson says he is looking forward to his new journey, after the many pleasant years he had as a player in South Africa.

Gibson's name first popped up during England's recent Test series against South Africa, but since his contract expires after the 2018 season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and CSA reportedly agreed on a compensation package that allowed Gibson to be released from his contract.

The West Indian Gibson had been all-but confirmed by Proteas captain Faf du Plessis recently, but CSA took the opportunity to officially confirm the appointment on Wednesday.

"He understands the South African system, having played in South Africa for several years". Richard Johnson (who is currently with Middlesex), Graeme Welch (who is currently with Leicestershire) and Steffan Jones (who is currently freelance) are all thought likely to apply.

Aside from it being an unusual move for a world class global sports team to advertise for such a high-profile job, in not wanting to sugar coat a demanding role the European Central Bank might well have deterred a few potential interested parties.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to Ottis Gibson for his services to English cricket", Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, said. He is an ambitious man and when this opportunity presented itself it was hard for him to turn down.

"Ottis has played a vital role in our progress over the past few years", Trevor Bayliss, the England head coach, said. "On behalf of the European Central Bank, I would like to wish him every success in the next chapter of his career".

Domingo, who took over Gary Kirsten as South Africa's head coach in 2013, has been reappointed as the coach of the "A" side, despite reapplying for his job.

The search for a new bowling coach now begins in earnest ahead of the five-test Ashes series against Australia that starts in Brisbane on November 23.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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