IT is on the cards that the Warriors cricket franchise will soon begin looking for a new coach – even though nobody would confirm it yesterday (June 5).
This emerged after reports at the weekend speculated that former Proteas batsman Gary Kirsten would be announced as the national coach at a press conference today, with Warriors coach Russell Domingo and former SA fast bowler Allan Donald his assistants.
Efforts to contact Domingo and EP cricket chief executive Dave Emslie were unsuccessful, and EP spokesperson Leigh Deyzel said she could not comment on speculation.
“All I can say is that there is a press conference in Johannesburg [today] at 4pm, when announcements will be made,” she said.
Domingo was quoted on the cricinfo website as saying he could not “comment until Monday” on reports linking him to the national squad.
Despite that, all the indications are that the three will be named to head the Proteas coaching staff today, with Kirsten taking over from Corrie van Zyl, who stood in as an interim coach after Mickey Arthur’s resignation in January last year. It is likely assistant coach Vincent Barnes will be replaced by Domingo.
This means the Warriors will need to start looking for a new coach after Domingo’s stint of four seasons, during which he coached the team to the MTN40 and Standard Bank Pro20 titles in 2009/10, giving them their first pieces of silverware since the franchise system was formed in 2003/04.
Domingo’s Warriors, who were runners-up in the Champions League hosted by South Africa at the start of last season, qualified for a second successive Champions League when they ended runners-up to the Cape Cobras in the Pro20 Series this year.
Domingo has worked closely with core members of the national side such as Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince and Johan Botha.