Ottis Gibson will take up South Africa coaching job with their upcoming home Test series vs Bangladesh    Getty Images
Ottis Gibson will take up South Africa coaching job with their upcoming home Test series vs Bangladesh Getty Images

South Africa‘s newly-appointed coach Ottis Gibson believes Proteas have enough firepower to win a major ICC tournament. Having said that, the African nation are yet to stamp their authority in any of the ICC World Cups (both 50-over and T20Is) so far. But, Gibson believes his experience of moulding the West Indies side, in 2012, to win their maiden World T20I will keep him in good stead for his new role, and take South Africa closer to an elusive title. His first assignment as South Africa’s national coach will be a two-Test series against Bangladesh. Gibson is currently completing his tenure as England’s bowling coach ahead of their third and final Test versus West Indies at Lord’s.

“The 2019 {World Cup] is obviously a massive part of how Cricket South Africa pitched the job. Every team wants to win a big tournament, and in South Africa that’s obviously one of the big things. When I went back to the Caribbean we had the makings of a great team, we had all the IPL superstars, but we had never won a T20 World Cup. We were able to put a team together that went and won it in 2012 and that was fantastic. You look at South Africa and the players that they can potentially put on the field, and there’s no reason why they can’t win the 50-over World Cup in 2019”, opined Gibson.

“That would be great for me as a coach but also great for their country. There is a very strong sporting culture in South Africa so to be able to do something like that would be amazing”, added the former West Indian. He was referred to the infamous Kolpak signing by many South African players which has jolted the side off late. “When you think of South Africa you think of the immediate stuff – of all the players that are Kolpakking and those who are considering Kolpakking. Every player will say he’s making a decision for his family, and if he’s not getting an opportunity then he’s going to move on. That’s something for CSA to look into, but my job is to work with the players that are there and try and make sure they are ready to win matches for South Africa”, concluded Gibson.

Gibson will also be South Africa’s first foreign coach in more than a decade after Bob Woolmer.