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Russell Domingo revealed that he has reapplied for the South Africa head coach position.
Domingo’s contract as head coach expires after the ongoing tour of England and reports initially indicated that he had opted not to put his name forward for the post again.
But, Domingo confirmed that he has already been interviewed for the job.
“I have forwarded my application form and I have gone through an interview,” he said.
The 42-year-old, however, admitted that he had to think long and hard about a few aspects before reapplying.
“No.1, family life, which is important. No.2, the performance of the team, which is obviously important,” he said. “And then whether you feel you’re the right guy to take the team forward, whether the team’s showing signs of improvement in all formats.”
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is considered to be among the frontrunners for the job, but even though the 43-year-old has been interviewed, according to ESPNcricinfo, Domingo made it clear that it won’t play on his mind.
“I’ll be honest with you, if that is it, then so be it. It’s cool. It’s out of my control. It’s not something I go to bed thinking about or wake up in the morning thinking about,” he said. “It’s not something that generally affects me.
“I can’t comment on what the particular feeling is towards how people are seeing the process. It’s out of my control. It’s not the way I see it, and the way I see it is that there’s due process that needs to take place. They need to decide if I’m the right guy to take the team forward and so be it. That’s how it is.”
Many senior Proteas players have thrown their support behind Domingo, including ODI captain AB de Villiers, Test and Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis, and opening batsman Dean Elgar.
But, if he fails to retain his job as head coach, Domingo insisted that he will look back on his time with the national team fondly.
“Player support is massively important. The most important support you need is from your players,” Domingo said. “We work with these players day in, day out. I’ve loved my time working with them and, obviously, by the support they’ve shown they’ve enjoyed what we’ve offered the team. That is satisfying.
“It’s a fantastic honour to work with this team. I’ve loved my time with it and hopefully I can continue. If not, it’s in the best interests of the team. I’ve had a fantastic run and loved every single minute of it. It’s not my decision — it’s up to the board.”
However, should Domingo keep hold of his position, he conceded that winning a major ICC event will be one of his top priorities.
“There’s a lot I’d like to achieve with this side – an ICC event is a big thing for us,” he said. “We’ve also started the process of rebuilding our Test side. We’re still not where we need to be, we’ve got our ranking back up but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
A five-man panel, which includes former South Africa head coach Gary Kirsten, will recommend their choice for head coach before Cricket South Africa makes a final decision.