BCCI invites Kirsten to interact with team

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Team India's newly appointed coach Gary Kirsten will interact with the players during the third test against Pakistan which begins in Bangalore from December 8.

The BCCI has informed in a release that Kirsten will be spending a couple of days with the Indian team at Bangalore during the third Test match.

Although Kirsten is officially due to take charge from March 1 next year, the BCCI yesterday said that he would join the 'Men in Blue' during their Australia tour as a consultant.

''Gary (Kirsten) has been appointed as the coach of the Indian team for a period of two years starting from 1st March, 2008,'' the BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said in a release.

''However, he will be with the Indian team in Australia as a consultant for a couple of weeks probably after the second Test,'' the release added.

Interestingly, last evening BCCI chief Sharad Pawar said that Kirsten wants to take up the job and has requested for certain facilities for his family in the contract which he mailed to BCCI.

But later in the night, it was formally announced that Kirsten will take over as India's next coach. His appointment has ended all speculations about the coach's status for the Indian team.

"I will go back to India soon to meet up with the squad before they fly to Australia on December 17 and then I will join them again in a transition phase for the third and fourth Tests against Australia in the New Year," Kirsten was quoted as saying by MWP Sport agency.

BCCI also has confirmed that Kirsten would interact with the squad during the third Test against Pakistan in Bangalore.

"It is a huge honour and I'm looking forward to the challenge with as much enthusiasm as any challenge I've ever faced. I'm not naive - I know how big the job is and I know it won't be easy, but it's also something I really want to do, and do well," told Kirsten.

When Kirsten takes over full-time, his first assignment will be a three-Test series against South Africa. "That's exciting. I really don't think it will feel strange or odd. I will be doing everything I can to help India win. But Australia comes first and everybody's energy must be focussed on producing success on what is the hardest tour in cricket," Kirsten said.


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