The 38-year-old, who already coaches the Proteas’ Twenty20 side, will take over from Kirsten after next month’s Champions Trophy in England, with a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka providing his first assignment.
‘A big day in my life’
Domingo said: “This is a very big day in my life. It has to be the highlight in anybody’s coaching career to be given the honour and responsibility of being put in charge of your national side.
“I feel it has come at the right stage of my coaching career, having spent the last two years working with Gary. “I would like to thank the board of Cricket South Africa for the faith they have shown in me and also the many people who have helped me to live my coaching dream.”
Domingo has previously led the Chevrolet Warriors to a domestic limited-overs double and CSA President Chris Nenzani said: “We have no doubt that Russell will do an excellent job.”
Despite his relatively low public profile, Domingo’s appointment does not come as a surprise after Kirsten yesterday talked up his credentials. “My relationship with Russell has always been a close one,” Kirsten said during his retirement press conference.
“He is passionate and clinical. I have no doubt that he is very capable of doing high-level coaching jobs.” Kirsten opted not to renew his contract due to the demands of international cricket’s relentless schedule and the resulting time away from his wife Deborah and children Joshua, James and Joanna.
Who is Domingo?
Russell Domingo, the man to replace Gary Kirsten as South Africa’s coach, has been a deputy to Kirsten for the past two years and been in charge of South Africa’s Twenty20 squad since last December. Before that, he was at the helm of the Warriors franchise. He won two trophies with them and nurtured players like Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Robin Peterson and Ashwell Prince.