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South Africa sack Ottis Gibson as coach after dismal World Cup campaign
Management Overhaul

South Africa sack Ottis Gibson as coach after dismal World Cup campaign

Ottis Gibson has been released from his current post as South Africa head coach alongside the rest of the management staff in a major overhaul initiated by Cricket South Africa.

The revamp of the existing management and coaching structure will see CSA rope in new officials to oversee the Proteas following their disastrous World Cup campaign where they finished seventh in the ten-team table.

Gibson's contract was due to expire next month but the board has decided against elongating his two-year stint with the national side.

The sacking of the former West Indies fast bowler comes right before South Africa's tour to India scheduled next month where the team will play three Test matches as part of the recently inaugurated World Test Championship.

CSA revealed they will be looking to appoint a football-style manager who would, in turn, select his own coaching staff and take charge of all administrative aspects of the team.

The team manager will report to Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl.

Van Zyl, former South African cricketer, will report to CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is unlikely to be removed from his position with no new successor in sight.

Van Zyl will appoint an interim selection panel, management team and captain for the Test series in India.

The CSA statement emphasized none of the people serving in the showpiece event in England and Wales had been retained.

"This change will herald an exciting new era for the SA cricket and will bring us into line with best practice in professional sport," said Moroe.

Despite the group-stage exit in the World Cup, Gibson had claimed he was eager to continue as the South Africa head coach.

The Proteas could manage just a single win in their first seven games in the tournament before salvaging some pride with victories in their final two matches of the league phase.