Kirsten to sign off as India coach after WC

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Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 11:09 [IST]
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Kirsten to sign off as India coach

Mumbai, Jan 24: Come the end of the World Cup 2011, Team India is set to lose a vital element in its successful combination. Coach Gary Kirtsn will be signing off from his post at the completion of the mega-event, an official of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed. The reason given for his impending resignation is that Kirtsen would like to spend more time with his family.

"It is a topic that has been discussed at length for a long time. I can confirm that he will not continue his coaching assignment with India after the World Cup," the official said. "Everyone was keen that Gary continue for another term, perhaps of three years. The team and the coach have developed an excellent rapport over the last three years. We must respect his decision, especially because it is based on family commitments."

Kirsten's decision doesn't come as a surprise. He has previously express the desire to attend to his family's needs and India's captain MS Dhoni, had also said that the team would respect Kirsten's choice.

The three years that Kirsten has spent with India have been hectic, and have hardly given him time to be with his family - he has a wife and two growing sons. "... what you also need to see is he has been part of the Indian cricket team for the last three years,' observed Dhoni. "His family - Joshua is a growing kid right now and James is a young kid too [both Kirsten's sons] - which means Gary wants to spend time with his family. That will be the most crucial thing apart from the money aspect."

Contrary to media reports Kirtsen is unlikely to take up another international coaching job soon, even though Cricket South Africa has expressed interest in him for the position of South Africa coach and even extended the deadline of the application in hopes that Kirsten would apply.


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