Cricket South Africa will be inviting applications for the post of Proteas coach, to take over after the England tour in August.
Russell Domingo’s contract runs out after that tour, but he will be free to reapply for the position.
At the moment, he would be in a strong position to retain his title, but Cricket South Africa have left the door open for change if results on that tour, and in the Champions Trophy series being played in June, do not meet standards.
Meanwhile, the Members’ Council of CSA resolved to accept the recommendation of the Board of Directors to retain the six-franchise system for the professional domestic competitions.
The Senior Provincial cricket structures and the rest of the CSA Cricket Pipeline will also be strengthened by implementing the key findings from the domestic review.
The enhancement will include addressing the contract system for senior provincial cricket players, quality of opportunity across all competitions and improvement of leadership qualities within CSA’s coaching structures.
The key findings of the Domestic Cricket System Review were:
1) Transformation – changing mind-sets;
2) Leadership (and better professional management) throughout the system;
3) The quality of coaching – in particular, the man management skills required and the remuneration of coaches in the development structures;
4) The ‘Bottleneck’ in the pipeline;
5) Access to quality playing opportunities
‘As can be seen from the recommendations the key areas of concern are the softer skills such as quality of coaching, leadership skills, diversity management and player development, particularly for those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have not had the chance to develop not just the cricket skills but also the life skills that are often taken for granted,’ said CSA president Chris Nenzani.
‘A key element now is to step up our attempts to make cricket accessible to all and put in place the mechanisms to assist their development. Without making full use of all our human potential, both on and off the field, we cannot possibly put our best team in the field.’