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Cricket South Africa have announced that they will begin the recruiting process for a new head coach following the Proteas’ tour of England in May-August this year.
This means that current head coach Russell Domingo will have to re-apply for the position if he wants to continue coaching South Africa.
It is understood that the coach Cricket South Africa chooses will take over right after the tour of England and will hold the post until the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup.
“The Board of Directors also resolved to commence the recruitment process for the appointment of the Proteas Head Coach to take charge after the tour to the UK until after the 2019 edition of the ICC World Cup,” the board said.
Domingo was appointed as South Africa’s head coach in May 2013 and his initial contract was supposed to expire after the 2015 World Cup, but it was extended till April 2016. It was then extended once more until the end of the upcoming tour of England.
The Proteas have enjoyed a lot of success as of late, but in 2015/16, they were crushed 3-0 when they travelled to India in November-December 2015.
In December 2015 to January 2016, they lost another Test series as they were beaten 2-1 by England on home soil.
That was followed by a poor showing at the World Twenty20 in India, where they were knocked out in the group stage. Things went from bad to worse in June when they finished at the bottom of the table in an ODI tri-series in the Caribbean, which involved the West Indies and Australia.
Since then, South Africa have rebounded brilliantly as they won Test series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka. During that span of time, they also whitewashed Australia 5-0 in an ODI series at home.