Domingo to replace Gary as SA coach

Last Updated: Sat, May 11, 2013 14:22 hrs

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday announced that current assistant coach Russell Domingo will take charge as the new head coach of the South African cricket team in all three formats of the game.

Domingo will succeed current coach Gary Kirsten who will stand down after South Africa's campaign at the ICC Champions Trophy Tournament in England and Wales next month.

"Domingo already has responsibility for coaching the Proteas Blue Label Telecoms T20 International squad," the CSA said in a statement on Saturday.

38-year-old Domingo´s first assignment will be when South Africa travel to Sri Lanka in July for five ODI's and three T20 International matches.

Speaking on Domingo, CSA President and Board of Directors Chairman Chris Nenzani told CSA website: "We have no doubt that Russell will do an excellent job."

"He has built up an excellent career record over a short period of time and he has played an important part in the success that Gary has achieved for us over the past two years," Nenzani said.

"Continuity is very important both in terms of player selection and the management team and this will enable us to have a seamless transition from one coach to another," he said.

"Russell inherits a world-class group of players who have performed consistently at the highest level and he will continue to build the Proteas as a world-class brand," Nenzani said.

Thanking CSA, Domingo said: ""This is a very big day in my life. It has to be the highlight in anybody's coaching career to be given the honour and responsibility of being put in charge of your national side."

"I feel it has come at the right stage of my coaching career, having spent the last two years working with Gary," he said.

Domingo said: "I would like to thank the Board of Cricket South Africa for the faith they have shown in me and also the many people who have helped me to live my coaching dream."

Coach Gary Kirsten on Friday decided not to sign a contract extension with South African team that ends in July.

"The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday accepted with regret national coach Gary Kirsten's decision not to renew his contract," the CSA said in a statement on Friday.

Kirsten was appointed from the beginning of August 2011 for a two-year period with an option to renew it for a further two years.

His contract required him to inform the Board of Directors of the CSA by Apr 30 this year whether he wished to exercise that option.

"He has informed the Board that he will not be renewing his contract for family reasons," CSA said.

Speaking on his decision Gary told CSA website: "I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for the confidence they showed in entrusting me with the fortunes of the national team. It has been a huge privilege to represent my country as player and coach and to have been given the responsibility of growing the team."

"I would particularly like to thank Cricket South Africa for allowing me the flexibility to combine my coaching job with my family life during my tenure," he said.

"There have been many highlights over the past two years which have been well documented and I have every confidence that the Proteas will continue to go from strength to strength," Gary said.

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