New South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has made it clear that his goal is to win the 2019 World Cup in England.
Gibson admitted that the prospect of leading the Proteas to a global title was a major part of what lured him to accept the head coaching role from Cricket South Africa (CSA).
The Proteas have, agonisingly, fallen short of winning the World Cup since they were reinstated back into international cricket in 1992, falling at the semi-final stage in 1999, 2007 and 2015.
Gibson is still the bowling coach of England and will start his tenure as Proteas coach at the conclusion of England’s Test series against the West Indies next week.
Speaking to reporters in London on Tuesday, Gibson said: “Every team wants to win a global tournament. That’s been a massive part of how CSA pitched the job.
“South Africa has never won one and that’s obviously one of their big things.
“You look at South Africa, you look at the players that they potentially [can] put on the field and there’s no reason why they can’t win the World Cup in 2019, here in England.
“That would be something great for me as a coach but more than that, great for the country.
“They have a very strong sporting culture in South Africa so to be able to do something like that would be amazing.”
A former seamer who played two Tests for the Windies, Gibson was head coach when the Caribbean side won the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.
He also spent a lot of his playing career in South Africa, turning out for Border, Gauteng and Griqualand West in the 1990s.
Gibson continued: “When I went back to the Caribbean we had the makings of a great team. We had all the players – the IPL (Indian Premier League) superstars and all that – but we had never won a T20 World Cup.
“There are a lot of things that I learnt from that situation and it’s important that everybody that’s involved is wanting the same thing and ultimately everybody wants the team to win.
“I believe when CSA did their search for a coach they felt I could be a person that would come in there and take the team forward.”