The Cricket South African (CSA) on Wednesday, confirmed the appointment of England bowling Ottis Gibson as head coach of the Proteas national team across all three formats.
His contract will run from mid-September when he starts preparing the squad for the home series against Bangladesh until the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in mid-2019.
“His playing and coaching credentials are impressive and that will place the Proteas in good hands as we move towards a big home summer with both India and Australia visiting us,” Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
He further added, “Having spent a great part of his playing career in South Africa, Ottis is familiar with our country and that should help him to settle in quickly with our national team.”
Gibson, who has been with England in his current role since 2015, played two Tests for West Indies and will leave after the on-going Test series against the Windies.
Meanwhile, Gibson has said that he’s delighted to embark on this new chapter in his coaching career with the Proteas.
“I am delighted to embark on this new chapter in my coaching career and I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for giving me this opportunity and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their understanding of my position,” Gibson said.
He concluded, “I have spent a number of happy times in South Africa as a player and I am now looking forward to return as a coach.”
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com