Gary Kirsten starts innings as selector

Published: Thursday, May 27, 2004, 23:00 [IST]
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Durban:Former South African opener Gary Kirsten, who retired from international cricket in March this year, will now don the mantle of selector besides taking up a full-time job as national high performance manager for United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).

With the experience of 101 Test matches behind him, Kirsten's appointment is expected to be welcomed from all quarters.

Kirsten's appointments were confirmed during a UCBSA executive board meeting on Wednesday, local media reported on Thursday.

It was decided that the 36-year-old would sit on a "streamlined selection panel comprising national coach Eric Simons, convenor Omar Henry and one independent member yet to be selected from the country's recently formed six professional franchises".

A prolific batsman, Kirsten scored 7289 runs at an average of 45.27 in Test career spanning 11 years.

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