Cape Town - Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson could be staying in England for good following the Cricket World Cup, which gets underway on May 30.
According to the Sunday Times, Gibson is reportedly a strong contender to become England's head coach after incumbent Trevor Bayliss reportedly turned down an offer to extend his contract.
Gibson's contract expires following the completion of this year's World Cup with many questioning whether Cricket South Africa (CSA) will consider extending it.
However, last month, CSA CEO Thabang Moroe revealed that Gibson's current contract stipulates that he needs to win the showpiece in order to start negotiations for a contract extension.
"When Cricket South Africa's board appointed Ottis, it was with the sole mandate of winning the World Cup. If he achieves the goal, we will look at a possible contract extension," Moroe told Netwerk24.
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Following the Proteas' 3-2 ODI series win against Pakistan at Newlands, Gibson was mum about his future with the national side, saying he had "no comments on the comments" and remarked that "the future is bright."
The West Indian is no stranger to the English set-up after having two stints as their bowling coach before taking up his role at the Proteas in September 2017.
According to Times Live, CSA have denied all reports, saying: "Ottis hasn't spoken to anyone at the ECB or anywhere else. He doesn't know where this is coming from."
Since Gibson took charge of the Proteas, the team have won 11 of 15 Tests (drawing none), 15 of 25 ODIs and 8 of 11 T20s.