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South Africa head coach Russell Domingo’s job is not in danger, according to a Cricket South Africa official.
The official’s comments come after Cricket South Africa announced on Saturday that they would be on the lookout for a head coach following the Proteas’ tour of England in May-August this year.
While Domingo will have to re-apply for the position in order to keep coaching South Africa, the official insisted that there is nothing “sinister about it”.
“I don’t think there is anything sinister about it. Cricket South Africa is just making sure that if Russell’s contract is going to be renewed, it comes out of a proper process,” the official told ESPNcricinfo.
Another official added: “With contracts like this, a decision also has to be made depending on certain tours or when the most logical time to put out a call for applications might be.
“The timing can get a bit awkward because you can’t have uncertainty over the coaching position before a major tournament or series but at the same time, the contract has an expiration date.
“It’s important that CSA does not create the expectation that the contract will just roll over. They are trying to avoid that reasonable expectation by making sure that if they choose to appoint Domingo again, it will be through a procedure that involves other applicants.”
Nonetheless, Cricket South Africa’s decision to advertise the position of head coach comes as quite a surprise, especially as South Africa have excelled as of late.
The Proteas have won Test series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka, while also whitewashing the Australians 5-0 in an ODI series in September-October last year.