Cape Town - The England and Wales Cricket board have denied any
knowledge of an approach for the services of coach Ottis Gibson.
Rumours have circulated this week that Gibson has been
sought out by Cricket South Africa as a possible successor to coach Russell
Gibson, who is currently contracted to the ECB as a bowling
coach, spent time in South Africa as a player turning out for Gauteng and
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace was surprised by the
news saying: "Ottis is someone who has obviously had a lot of
international experience. He did a great job for the West Indies, won the
Twenty20 World Cup as a head coach, then lost out in a semi-final against Sri
Lanka - which was a bit unfortunate for him. But at the moment Russell Domingo
is head coach of South Africa and doing a brilliant job and it would be
disrespectful of us to talk about his position all the time he's in it.
"We've obviously heard the news tonight, but I promise
you we've had nothing official. It's all being left now until the end of the
series, I hope."
Incumbent head coach Domingo has reapplied for the position
but the indications has been that CSA would opt to employ Highveld Lions coach
Other names in the hat include former Titans and current
Otago coach Rob Walter and another West Indian Phil Simmons.