Ottis Gibson appointed as new Head Coach of South Africa

 . Last updated on August 31, 2017, 3:55 PM
Ottis Gibson appointed as new Head Coach of South Africa
Ottis Gibson joined as the head coach of team South Africa.


Team South Africa got a new head coach. Ottis Gibson, who was the bowling coach of England, is appointed as the new head coach of the team. His experience as a head coach is comprehensive, being the former coach of West Indies from 2010 to 2014. Under him, West Indies won the 2012 World T20.

Gibson ended his stint as the bowling coach for England before end of the term, on request of Cricket South Africa. For this the board also paid compensation to ECB in order to allow the coach to resign. Gibson is a former cricketer of South Africa and is delighted at the opportunity. He said, he spent "Happy times" in the country as a player and is looking forward to return as a coach. Gibson thanked both Cricket South Africa and England Cricket Board on his appointment.

Gibson had two stints as the bowling coach of England. He became the bowling coach in 2007 and continued to 2010. He took the helm of West Indies team from 2010 to 2015. After his departure, ECB is quickly looking at several options, including Richard Johnson, Graeme Welch, Steffan Jones, and Darren Gough. Head coach of England Trevor Bayliss said Gibson has "immeasurable" knowledge of the international game. His support for England's player also has been the immeasurable, the coach said. The Director of ECB, Andrew Strauss also thanked Gibson for "his service to England", praising his" "tactical awareness and understanding of bowling."

The previous coach of South Africa was Russell Domingo, being with the team since last four years. He will now coach the A team. Apart from him, Gary Kirsten and Eric Simmons were also in the queue for the position. CEO of Cricket South Africa, Haroon Lorgat thanked exiting coach Domingo for his contribution. He also thanked ECB for "understanding and cooperation."

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