Cricket South Africa on Wednesday launched a two-month process to appoint the new head coach of the Proteas.
The panel appointed to make its recommendation to the Board of CSA had its first meeting on Tuesday to plot the way forward and review the list of applicants hoping to succeed the outgoing Corrie van Zyl.
“We are not able to announce the names of the candidates on our short list because of confidentiality issues as some of the candidates are currently still under contract,” said CSA CEO Gerald Majola,
“What is highly gratifying is the quality of the applications received from leading coaches both from around the world and from our domestic structures. It is a clear indication of the standing that South African cricket enjoys internationally and of the potential that our side offers.”
Former England coach Duncan Fletcher, former New Zealand coach Stephen Fleming and Proteas bowling coach Vinnie Barnes are thought to be on the short list. Gary Kirsten, who recently ended his World Cup-winning tenure with India, remains in contention for the post despite an official application yet.
With South Africa shy of an international fixture for the next five months, Majola insisted there would be no rush to fill the position and it was important that the process be allowed to take its course.
“We understand the keenness of the nation to know the name of the successful candidate but the selection must be a thorough process to make sure that we get the best person for the job,” he added.
“The interview process will start in the week of May 16 and this will give us time to brief the candidates fully on the issues we wish them to address. Panel interviews, presentations and in-depth dimensional assessments will all form part of the comprehensive selection process.”
Majola, van Zyl, SA Cricketers’ Association representative Boeta Dippenaar and head selector Andrew Hudson feature in the eight-man panel. Cricket365