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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that Ottis Gibson has been appointed as South Africa’s head coach until the end of the 2019 World Cup.
Gibson, who is currently England’s bowling coach, will start his new job once the ongoing Test series between England and the West Indies concludes.
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.
“I am delighted to embark on this new chapter in my coaching career and I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for giving me this opportunity and the England and Wales Cricket Board for their understanding of my position,” Gibson, who coached the West Indies between 2010 and 2014, said. “I have spent a number of happy times in South Africa as a player and I am now looking forward to return as a coach.”
Gibson will replace Russell Domingo, whose tenure as South Africa’s head coach came to an end after the Test series against England.
With Domingo no longer the Proteas’ head coach, he has already been given a new assignment as he will coach South Africa A and the Pretoria Mavericks in the inaugural T20 Global League late this year.
CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat heaped praise on Domingo for everything he accomplished with South Africa during his time as head coach and also thanked the ECB for allowing Gibson to leave his role as bowling coach.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Russell Domingo for his positive contributions during his time with the Proteas and I am delighted he will remain in our setup as head coach of the South Africa A side,” he said. “This is an important position that prepares our up-and-coming players in the next stage of their journey to become potential Proteas.
“I must also thank the ECB for their understanding and co-operation in releasing Ottis from his current contract.”
With Gibson departing soon, the ECB will be on the lookout for his replacement. As of now, Richard Johnson, Graeme Welch and Steffan Jones are likely to be among the frontrunners.
“Ottis has played a vital role in our progress over the past few years,” England head coach Trevor Bayliss said. “His knowledge of the international game and the way he has supported all our bowlers in their development has been immeasurable.
“He will no doubt relish the challenge of becoming a head coach once again and coupled with his strong affinity with South African cricket, he will look to take them forward.”
Andrew Strauss, who is England’s director of cricket, added: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Ottis Gibson for his services to English cricket. Ottis has been an integral part of the England team in his two stints as bowling coach.
“His experience, tactical awareness and understanding of bowling in all conditions has benefited our approach and has helped our bowling unit develop greatly across all formats of the game.
“He is an ambitious man and when this opportunity presented itself it was difficult for him to turn down. On behalf of the ECB, I would like to wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.”