Russell Domingo, the South African coach, said on Thursday (March 30) that he was uncertain about his future and has not yet decided whether he will apply to renew his contract after the South Africa’s Test series in England in July-August. The team will be in England for the Champions Trophy in June, and stay on for the series against the home team that comprises four Tests, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Domingo reflected on the past year in which he guided the team from seventh to second in the Test team rankings. His position looked shaky after South Africa lost successive Test series against India (in India) and England (at home), conceding their No.1 ranking to India and failing to qualify for the semifinals of the World Twenty20 2016.
Since then, they have had series wins against New Zealand (home and away), Australia (away) and Sri Lanka (home), winning seven Tests and losing one.
But Domingo said what happens next “is out of my control”, on whether he will stay on as the coach after the England series or not. “At the moment, I’m going fishing for a couple of weeks so it’s the last of my worries,” he said. “When I get back home I will select the squad for England, prepare the side well, we’ll play in England and then we’ll take it from there.”
Questioned on whether he wanted to continue in the same role, Domingo said: “I don’t know. Everybody wants to coach their national side. It’s where you want to coach I suppose. I’ve loved my four years but if my four years are up so be it.”
Cricket South Africa announced in January this year that they would advertise for a national coach after the England series to take the side through to the 2019 ICC World Cup.
“I haven’t looked that far ahead to be honest,” said Domingo, who replaced Gary Kirsten in 2013 and has had his contract extended twice so far. “I don’t know what the process is. I’m still waiting to find out what I need to do, or if I need to do anything, so once I’ve got bit of clarity on that I’ll make some decisions.”
Geoffrey Toyana, the coach of the domestic side Lions, is considered among the favourites to take over the South African side should Domingo be replaced.