Russell Domingo    Getty Images
Russell Domingo Getty Images

South Africa coach Russell Domingo could be nearing the end of his tenure after Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Saturday it was about to start the search for a coach to take charge after his contract ends in August. Domingo, who was appointed in 2013 after the surprise decision of Gary Kirsten to step down, has had two extensions of his contract. He was initially appointed to take South Africa through to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 but before the tournament this was extended to April 2016. The latest extension is until the end of the tour of England in August. But it seems no further extensions are contemplated.

According to the last paragraph of a statement following a board meeting, “the board of directors resolved to commence the recruitment process for the appointment of a Proteas head coach to take charge after the tour to the UK until after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019”. Asked for clarification, a CSA spokesman said Domingo could apply if he wanted to continue. In a recent press conference Domingo said he was planning his career “one series at a time”. Domingo’s position looked shaky last year after South Africa lost successive Test series against India and England, then failed in the ICC World Twenty20 (WT20). But the team has achieved good results in both Tests and ODIs since then. Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis’ fifties help South Africa crush Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

South Africa whitewashed Sri Lanka in the three-Test series but lost the three T20Is following it. They have already won the ODI series’ opener at Port Elizabeth on Saturday, thrashing the visitors by 8 wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.