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Domingo named new South Africa head coach

South Africa’s current assistant coach to take over the reins in all three formats

Domingo named new South Africa head coach - Cricket News
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 19: Coach Russell Domingo of South Africa is seen during the South Africa press conference at Sahara Park Kingsmead on December 19, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday (May 11) announced Russell Domingo, the current assistant coach, as the new head coach of South Africa in all three formats of the game. He succeeds Gary Kirsten who will stand down after the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales next month.

Domingo already has responsibility for coaching the  T20 International squad. Domingo, 38, is one of the youngest persons to become head coach of the Proteas but he has already built up an impressive CV of experience. As franchise coach he led the Chevrolet Warriors to the domestic limited overs double and it was during his franchise coaching career that he employed Kirsten as a batting consultant. His first assignment will be when the Proteas travel to Sri Lanka in July for five ODI’s and three T20 International matches.

“We have no doubt that Russell will do an excellent job,” said Chris Nenzani, the CSA President and Board of Directors chairman. “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.

“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. 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.”

Domingo, meanwhile,  said it was a very big day in his 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,"Domingo said. “I feel it has come at the right stage of my coaching career, having spent the last two years working with Gary. “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.”

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