Proteas edge closer to getting Gibson

Ottis Gibson (Getty Images)
Ottis Gibson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - It appears a foregone conclusion that Ottis Gibson will be next head coach of the South African national cricket team.

According to cricket specialist website, ESPNCricinfo, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is set to unveil Gibson as the Proteas' new head coach by the end of this week.

Gibson is set to replace Russell Domingo, whose contract expired after the completion of their England tour, which finished with a 3-1 Test series defeat.

Gibson is currently the bowling coach of England and while he is expected to remain part of their squad for a series against the West Indies starting on Thursday, his future appears to lie with South Africa.

Gibson's contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was set to run until the end of the 2018 season.

However, according to the report, a compensation package has been struck between the ECB and CSA, which allows the former West Indian fast bowler to leave his contract early.

Last week, Proteas Test skipper Faf du Plessis confirmed the news that Gibson was chosen as a recommendation and will be announced as South Africa's new national coach.

"As far as we know, it's been told to us that the decision has been made by the coaching panel," said Du Plessis.

"They've chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation and now that goes to the board and the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not."

The West Indies tour to England ends on September 29, which means Gibson might not make it in time for the Proteas' first Test against Bangladesh starting on Thursday, September 28 in Potchefstroom.

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