Durban, Jun 6: Former India coach Gary Kirsten, who took the side to World Cup glory has been appointed as the new coach of South African cricket team. The former South African opening batsman had turned down BCCI's offer to renew his contract with the Indian team, citing family reasons. However, speculations were rife that he was pondering over taking the Director of coaching's role in the South African national set-up.
He has been appointed coach of the South Africa team for a term of two years and will be joined by Allan Donald as bowling coach.
Speaking at a press conference at Johannesburg, the 42-year old South African said, "I'm delighted by the appointment and consider it a major honor. It is all about the players. We will do our best to prepare all the guys. There will be a consultant fielding coach, not a permanent appointment."