Cricket World Cup 2011

Next SA coach still at CWC?

2011-03-28 22:21
Gerald Majola (File)

Eduan Roos

Colombo - Some of the favourites for the position of Proteas coach are still involved at the World Cup, says Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

He said that a shortlist of six candidates would be announced shortly after Saturday’s final in Mumbai.

“A shortlist with six names has been drawn up and it will be made public shortly after the World Cup as a few of the candidates are still involved at the tournament,” said Majola.

That means that India coach Gary Kirsten and his right-hand man Eric Simons, or even New Zealand bowling coach Allan Donald, could be in the running to take the reins from Corrie van Zyl.

Van Zyl, who was appointed interim coach at the start of 2010 following the sudden resignation of Mickey Arthur, will shortly return to his position as head of coaching at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

Donald, who answered an SOS from the struggling Black Caps shortly before this year’s World Cup, confirmed that the New Zealand Cricket Council (NZCC) is negotiating with him to stay on beyond the tournament.

It is believed that not one of Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss, New Zealand’s John Wright or Pakistan’s Waqar Younis are on the list.

“Our panel will start the interviews as soon as the shortlist is announced and we hope to make the appointment by June,” said Majola.

The Proteas’ next commitment is in October when they play Australia in Twenty20, one-day and Test series.

Kirsten and Simons have already indicated that they will not apply for an extension of their contracts with the Indian cricket team. Their deals expire on 2 April.

However, it has been rumoured for some time that Kirsten, who represented South Africa in 101 Test and 185 one-day matches, is not interested in the Proteas job as he would like to spend more time with his young family in Cape Town.

The other candidates are apparently South African assistant coach Vincent Barnes, Dave Nosworthy of the Lions, Richard Pybus of the Cape Cobras and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.

Meanwhile, Majola has also revealed that the Titans’ Jacques Rudolph will not be considered as the next one-day captain.

Rudolph, who led the Titans again the past season, was last week appointed captain of the national A team that will play against a second string from Bangladesh next month.

It is believed that Hashim Amla, Johan Botha and AB de Villiers are the strongest candidates to take over from Graeme Smith, who has handed down the reins after eight years.

“We already have a few names in mind for the captaincy, but we are still waiting for the input from Andrew Hudson (head of the national selection committee) and Corrie before deciding on the best possible candidate,” said Majola.

“He does not necessarily have to be one of the 15 players from the tournament, but has to come from the 20 players that are contracted nationally.”


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