CSA boss Lorgat promises ‘objective’ review


Cricket South Africa chief Haroon Lorgat says that while there will be a review of the Proteas below par efforts at the World Twenty20, he refused to throw coach Russell Domingo under the bus quite yet.

There have been calls for Domingo, who has been the coach since 2013, to be sent packing in recent months, but Lorgat feels it would be premature to discuss that before looking at all the facts.

Aside from exiting the WT20 in the group stage, the Proteas also lost their grip on the number one Test ranking, lost their first away series in nearly a decade, and lost a Test series at home to England.

Lorgat said: "It goes without saying that we will need to do some sort of review. We will do it objectively, we will do it smartly; not knee-jerk. It's not emotional stuff. We will do it properly.

"To pre-empt that [Domingo may under pressure] is premature. He's got a contract. I don't think I would want to speculate before getting down to the details.

"There is no tournament in the offing, our next fixtures are in the middle of this year so there's no need for a rush into this. Let us settle down and take it with great consideration.

"We are talking of futures, we are talking about the team and we want to provide the environment as best we can."

Domingo was asked whether he wanted to hang onto the job and he was emphatic in his response, saying that while the team was going through a rough patch, he was fully committed, and that he had the support of the players.

Domingo said when asked if he wanted to stay on: "Absolutely. It's a massive honour and a massive privilege. Everyone wants to do it and it's a big challenge at the moment.

"We've obviously not achieved what we've set out to achieve and we have set some goals we want to achieve. It's a big challenge for me.

"I know the players support me, I have got a very good relationship with the players. There are always going to be coaches who lose games at World Cups.

"The management we have put together is as good as any in the world. I am pretty confident it's the right management team to take the team forward."