Russell Domingo to replace Gary Kirsten as South Africa head coach

Russell Domingo’s tenure as head coach of South Africa will begin on August 1, 2013 © Getty Images

Johannesburg: May 11, 2013

Russell Domingo was on Saturday appointed as the head coach of South Africa in all three formats of the game, replacing Gary Kirsten, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced.

CSA infiormed on its website, “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.”

Kirsten had earlier decided not to renew his contract that ends in August 2013, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Friday.

Kirsten, who was appointed in August 2011 for a two-year period cited family reasons for not extending the contract.

“Gary has a young family and it is understandable that he wishes to spend more time at home. I would like to thank him for his tremendous contribution to the well being of the Proteas over the past two years,” said CSA President and Board chairman Chris Nenzani.

“It is obvious to all of us, whether we have been close to the Proteas or simply fans watching from the stands, the standard of excellence that he has brought to our national team and it will be wonderful if he can complete his tenure by bringing home the ICC Champions Trophy next month,” he added.