Cricket South Africa (CAS) has started its process of selecting a new coach for the national team to replace Corrie van Zyl and is pleased with the quality of candidates who have applied for the job from within the country and outside.

The task of appointing the new person to take over the reins of the team is expected to be finished in a couple of months, CSA said in a media release.

The panel, appointed to make its recommendation to the Board, held its first meeting on Tuesday to review the list of applicants and plan the way forward.

“We are not able to announce the names of the candidates short-listed because of confidentiality issues as some of the candidates are currently still under contract,” said CSA CEO Gerald Majola.

“What is highly gratifying is the quality of the applications received from leading coaches both from around the world and from our domestic structures,” he said.

Professor Johann Coetzee, a Human Development Consultant and Consulting Psychologist, has been added to the panel and would lead the In-Depth Dimensional Assessment process.

“It is very important that we have an independent voice from outside the structures of Cricket South Africa,” Majola said.

Coetzee also has a strong sporting background having represented Free State in rugby, swimming and water polo.

The other members of the coach selection panel are: Majola, Andy O’Connor (CSA Cricket Committee Chairman), Boeta Dippenaar (SA Cricketers’ Association representative), Andrew Hudson (CSA selection convener) and Corrie van Zyl (head coach, CSA High Performance Centre).

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