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South Africa coach Russell Domingo may not continue after the England tour

Domingo took over from Gary Kirsten 4 years back.

By Jatin Sharma -


Current South Africa coach Russell Domingo is still undecided on whether he will reapply for the position after the tour of England ends. Domingo has been the coach for four years now and replaced Gary Kirsten in the role.

Cricket South Africa announced in January “to commence the recruitment process for the appointment of the Proteas Head Coach to take charge after the tour to the UK until after the 2019 edition of the ICC World Cup.” This came as a shocker for most people as Domingo’s contract runs till September of 2017.

Domingo’s contract has been extended three times and in February, he said that he would have to think about reapplying for the position. Domingo said, “At the moment I'm going fishing for a couple of weeks, so it's the last of my worries at the moment. It's out of my control - what happens, happens. When I get back home I'll select a squad for England, prepare the side well for when we get to England, play in England, and take it from there and see what happens.

He continued,” I suppose everybody wants to coach the national side. That's where you want to coach, I suppose. I've loved my four years but if my four years are up, so be it. I've had some wonderful results, I've had some disappointments. But that's part of international sport. I haven't looked that far ahead. All my focus is on England and the Champions Trophy. What happens after that is not in my control.”

Domingo counted wins against Sri Lanka; Pakistan and ODI series wins against India as some of the amazing achievements of the team under him. However, South Africa also lost to India in Test series in a humiliating fashion, and got thrashed by England at home and the heart breaking World Cup 2015 semi-final loss being some of the disappointments under Domingo’s tenure.

Domingo signed off by saying,” There are some challenges; there's no doubt about it, particularly with a big Test series looming in England. We've got some work to do.I need to sit down with the selection panel and plot our way forward. All of the batsmen have put in wonderful performances over the last couple of years. We need to get them back into that space.

Jatin Sharma

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