Hilton Moreeng will stay on as coach of the South African national women's team, extending his tenure beyond 11 years. Moreeng has been in charge since 2012 and was expected to move on after the home T20 World Cup, in which South Africa reached the final, but will continue for at least the 2023-24 season.
ESPNcricinfo understands that a group of players are unhappy with Moreeng's continuance and some of them took their complaints to Cricket South Africa via email. This move stems from what sources have called a desire to see a change in the coaching style following Moreeng's lengthy tenure. However, the players have been unable to get CSA to see eye-to-eye with their thinking and Moreeng has been rewarded for a string of good results which includes qualifying for the last two 50-over World Cup semi-finals and becoming the first coach to take a senior South African team to a World Cup final.
"It was never going to make sense not to extend (Moreeng's deal) because of the back-to-back tours we have coming up now," Pholetsi Moseki, CSA's CEO told ESPNcricinfo.
Although South Africa have not played since the T20 World Cup in February, they have a full schedule over the next few months, starting with a trip to Pakistan in August. They will then return home to host New Zealand and also have visits from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka already penciled in on the Future Tours Programme (FTP) before an all-format trip to Australia in early 2024. The time between the end of Moreeng's contract in April and this season's fixtures was deemed too short to replace him. "It would have not been fair to ask a new person to take over and have only a month or so to prepare the team for the Pakistan series [which begins on September 1]," Moseki said.
Instead, CSA has turned its attention to creating a new position in the women's game: head of women's cricket. Applications for the post closed on July 14 and ESPNcricinfo understands that the process of finalising the appointment is ongoing. The head of women's cricket will report to the current Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe, who has been in meetings with the women's team management this week.
At the time of writing, Nkwe was unavailable for comment.