Cricket South Africa bosses informed Ottis Gibson on Sunday morning that he would not be coaching the Proteas on the team’s tour to India next month.
Shortly after that brief meeting, which also included Gibson’s support staff, Cricket SA announced radical changes to the structure around the national men's team, the most pertinent of which is the creation of a 'super' Team Manager who will be responsible for the appointment of the team’s head coach, the assistant coaches and administrative staff that accompanies the team.
“This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport,” CSA’s Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said in a statement.
It brings to an end Gibson’s two year tenure as head coach, that included highs like the Test series wins against India and Australia in 2017/18 and lows that included a home Test series defeat against Sri Lanka and the poor World Cup campaign.
Ultimately it was the latter that forced Cricket SA’s Board of Directors, who held a series of meetings in the last fortnight, to end Gibson’s contract, which still had one month left to run. Over the course of his tenure, Gibson achieved a winning ratio of 62% across the three format. As late as Saturday evening, at Cricket SA’s Awards gala dinner, Faf du Plessis was still offering Gibson his support. “I’d love Ottis to stay on. It’s important in the sense that you get good experience and you get bad experience, but you learn from that bad experience.