Friday, 09 August 2019 10:45

Enoch Nkwe has been named as South Africa's interim team director for the tour of India in September, which comprises three T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests.

Nkwe has replaced Ottis Gibson in the team management but his role will have more functions. Under CSA's restructuring, the roles of head coach and team manager have been merged to create the team director's post. 

He will now pick the coaching staff that will work alongside him on the tour, that officially begins on September 15. As part of the new restructuring directive, the coaches, medical staff, and the administrative staff will all report directly to the team director, who in turn will report to the director of cricket, working under the chief executive.

"The team director is what we used to call the head coach," said Corrie van Zyl, CSA's acting Director of Cricket. "It's the person that's ultimately accountable for the national men's team's performance. As team director one of his roles is head coach, but he also has certain roles in terms of player management, team environment, culture of the team. He's the driver, and the person ultimately responsible for the team and its performance. He reports to the director of cricket. Under him are his coaching staff, admin staff and technical staff, medical, doctor on tour, physiotherapist, trainer.

Nkwe was until recently head coach of Highveld Lions and Jozi Stars, winners of the inaugural Mzansi Super League last year and He played 42 first-class matches in a seven-year career, in which he managed 1768 runs and 29 wickets. He also featured in 38 List-A matches and nine T20s.