Cricket South Africa’s Board of Directors will hold yet another meeting Thursday as it seeks finality over the future of Ottis Gibson as the Proteas head coach.
The Board held a meeting last week, where it pored over reports submitted by Gibson, skipper Faf du Plessis and the national team’s manager Mohammed Moosajee regarding the failed World Cup campaign but no final decision was reached. Instead it is understood that the Board is deeply divided over Gibson’s future – half want him to stay, the other half want him out when his current contract ends in September.
On two occasions earlier this year, Cricket SA’s chief executive Thabang Moroe, gave different targets that had been stipulated in Gibson’s contract; initially the former West Indies international, was said to have a clause in his contract that stipulated he had to win the World Cup but Moroe later changed that comment, saying it would be good enough if Gibson reached the final.
Neither happened of course as the Proteas endured their worst World Cup campaign, winning just three out of nine matches, with their semi-final hopes all but ended with two weeks of the tournament still to run.
Those on the Board pushing for Gibson to be moved on have argued that such a poor performance should be enough for Cricket SA to engage in a search for a new coach. However those Board members batting for Gibson have pointed out that 18 months, and virtually having to start from scratch in terms of team selection, was insufficient time to put together a cohesive unit. In addition the raft of injuries that struck the team in England put paid to the Proteas’ main strategies, further hampering their performance.