Gibson gone as Cricket South Africa announce new structure

File image: Ottis Gibson.File image: Ottis Gibson.

Cricket South Africa have not renewed head coach Ottis Gibson’s contract.

Gibson’s departure comes amid CSA’s new structure, which will include a team manage responsible for all aspects of the Proteas, including the appointment of captains – and coaching, medical and administrative staff.

The team manager will report to the director of cricket. Doctor Mohammed Moosajee, whose tenure as team manager will end in September 2019, asked not to be considered for another term.

An interim management team, selection panel and captain will be appointed for the upcoming tour of India. Meanwhile, CSA will advertise the positions of director of cricket, team manager and convenor of selectors. Former coach Corrie van Zyl will be the interim director of cricket until a full-time appointment has been made.

What Cricket South Africa said

“This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport,” said CSA chief executive officer Thabang Moroe.

“I must stress that the new structure was not a rash decision. It was taken after much deliberation by the board, taking all the factors into consideration about the current state of our cricket and also the plan that we need to get to within the timelines we have set.

“I would like to thank Ottis, other members of the team’s current senior management, and our long-serving team manager doctor Mohammed, for their national service to South African cricket.”

The Proteas will tour India for three T20Is and as many Tests from 15 September to 23 October 2019.