Domingo in dark about SA future

Times Media


TELFORD VICE in Hamilton

RUSSELL Domingo is in the dark about his future as South Africa’s coach less than five months before his contract expires.

His current deal has been extended three times, which could be flagged as a corporate governance issue.

But it seems things are not as straightforward as simply offering Domingo a new contract.

As things stand he could be out of a job when South Africa’s tour of England ends in August.

A Cricket South Africa (CSA) release in January said, “The board of directors also resolved 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 World Cup.”

Asked on Wednesday, after South Africa had wrapped up a 1-0 test series win over new Zealand in Hamilton, whether he had re-applied for his position, Domingo said, “I haven’t yet. I don’t know what the process is.

“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.”

Did he want to remain in a job he has held since 2013? 

“I don’t know. 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.”

Had he decided whether he would re-apply?

“I don’t know what the process is. I’m still waiting to find out what I need to do, or if I need to do anything.

“Once we’ve got clarity on that I’ll make some decisions.”

Asked what the procedure was and when Domingo would be informed of it, a CSA spokesperson said on Thursday, “The process to finalise the job profile and advert will be approved by the board at its meeting in May.

“Thereafter applications will be invited from suitably qualified candidates and the appointment process will follow its normal course.

“We expect the process will be completed before the next assignment against Bangladesh in October.”

Domingo has been in charge for 159 matches across all formats, of which South Africa have won 91 and lost 55.

He has presided over 24 bilateral series wins and 12 losses, and is the only coach to win a World Cup knockout match with South Africa – the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in 2015.

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