Ottis Gibson front-line choice for Proteas head coach role - Faf du Plessis

Ottis Gibson is set to be named as West Indies coach
Ottis Gibson is set to be named as West Indies coach

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis revealed that former West Indies fast bowler Ottis Gisbon is the front-line choice to be named the head coach of the team.

Gibson is currently on his second stint with the England team as the bowling coach and also has the experience of coaching West Indies team between 2010 and 2014 during which they won their maiden Twenty20 World Cup title in 2012.

Even though, Russell Domingo, whose contract with Cricket South Africa expires next month, has reapplied for the post, he is unlikely to retain his position according to the Proteas skipper as the selection panel convened by the board that includes former players Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons preferred the West Indian.

"It's been told to us that the decision has been made by the coaching panel," Du Plessis told reporters.

"They've chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation and now ...the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not."

The 33-year-old also admitted that the feedback on Gibson from the players he had worked with previously has been 'positive'.

"For me it was important, because I don't know Ottis, to try and find something out about him," he said.

"I spoke to a few of the West Indian players because he was their coach and then I spoke to the English guys about their thoughts on him.

"There were one or two differences in opinion, but the comments were positive."

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