South African cricket team sack Ottis Gibson as their head coach with a month to go in his contract.
Cricket South Africa, on Sunday announced that the coach, along with his entire management staff on Sunday.
The announcement was taken during a board meeting that comes after the team’s dismal performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Gibson, who was a fast bowler for the West Indies team, was appointed as South Africa’s head coach in August 2017 on a two-year contract. During his term, the team won home Test series against India, Australia and Pakistan. South Africa also won away ODI series in Sri Lanka and Australia.
The most forgettable moment in his tenure apart from the World Cup was the defeat to Sri Lanka at home.
The team’s joint team manager and team doctor, Mohammed Mossajee was also released by South Africa.
South Africa plan a few changes in their structure. Gibson and Moosajee will be replaced by a team manger, who will be in-charge of all the aspects of the team, including appointment of coaching staff and the captain.
Cricker South Africa’s chief executive, Thabang Moore said in statement that the new structure was decided after thorough discussions with the board as he thanked the current staff for their services.
“This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport,” Moroe said. “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 Gibson, other members of the team’s current senior management, and our long-serving team manager, Dr. Moosajee, for their national service to South African cricket.”
According to the new structure, the team manager will report to a Director of Cricket, who in turn, will report to the Chief Executive of the board. Until the position of Director of Cricket is filled, Corrie van Zyl, CSA Manager, will serve as the Acting Director of Cricket. The structure might be new in cricket, but is seen a lot among the European football clubs.
Van Zyl, along with Chief Executive Thabang Moroe, will appoint an interim management team, selection panel and captain for the tour of India. It is likely that Faf du Plessis could continue as captain until the new management trace out a roadmap and a succession plan. CSA will meanwhile advertise the positions of Director of Cricket, Team Manager and convenor of selectors.
Ottis Gibson, who had previously worked under Trevour Bayliss in England, is also strongly linked to replace Bayliss as the coach of the England cricket team.
“My contract is up in September,” he had previously told BBC Sport. “I’m happy to be linked with any job, because after that I might not have a job.”
Asked whether he would like to work with England again, he said, “I’ve been living in England for over 20 years, so that’s the answer.”