LONDON – A real fear exists that the Proteas could be set for a massive clearout.
With a host of retirements imminent once this doomed World Cup campaign runs its course, the entire management structure could also come under review too. Coach Ottis Gibson’s contract is due to expire in September, although the national team’s first overseas coach could yet leave even sooner, particularly as he has not fulfilled his mandate here in the United Kingdom.
Equally, the support staff consisting of Malibongwe Maketa (assistant coach), Claude Henderson (spin bowling coach), Dale Benkenstein (batting coach) and Justin Ontong (fielding coach) is also under threat.
Long-time manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee’s contract has also run its course.
“What we did was that the coaches that were already in the setup before Ottis came and those that were brought in afterwards, their contracts were aligned with Ottis’ contract, purely because we wanted to avoid a situation where should we hire a new coach for whatever reason, a new mandate is given to that coach, they then can be allowed to compile their own team,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe said during the home summer.