South African One Day International (ODI) Captain AB de Villiers backed incumbent coach Russell Domingo to continue as the national team’s head coach as the latter’s contract nears an end.
Domingo came under fire since 2016 when South Africa lost Test series to India and England. South Africa also had a disappointing World T20 campaign.
However, South Africa defeated New Zealand and Sri Lanka at home and Australia Down Under. Despite the side’s recent success, it seemed Cricket South Africa (CSA) have made up its mind as they had announced earlier this year that they would advertise the coaching position for the national team.
CSA also asked Domingo that if he wants to be reinstated as a coach he would have to get his CV in order and apply for the rest of them.
Domingo has been with South Africa since May 2013 and his contract is due to expire at the end of the Test tour of England in August.
Offering his support to Domingo, de Villiers heaped praise on the former ahead of their second Group B match against Pakistan.
When quizzed which coaching style he preferred, the South Africa ODI skipper refused to make any comparison between the two coaches.
“They are completely different, both very nice guys and I get along with both of them. Mickey was such a long time ago, I can’t remember his coaching style really, but we had a lot of success under him,” Sport24 quoted de Villiers as saying.
“I’ve got good memories of him as a coach, but that’s long gone and is something in the past,” he added.
De Villiers further said that he hopes to see Domingo reapply for the post and stay on even after September.
“Yes, definitely. We’re with a great coach at the moment, who is really leading the side well and we all get along and love him as a coach,” he added.