Johannesburg, Jun 7: South Africa's newly appointed coach Gary Kirsten has lauded the initiative to name separate captains for the limited overs and Test formats, saying that it was the right move going forward.
Dashing batsman de Villiers was yesterday named South Africa's ODI and Twenty20 skipper while Smith was retained as the Test captain.
"I am really looking forward to it (dual captaincy). I think is a positive step for South African cricket. They are both experienced, talented cricketers and there is no reason to suggest why it won''t be successful," the former India coach was quoted as saying in the local media.
"As time wears on, we will work on the relationship and the trust involved," he added.
Kirsten made an outstanding contribution to Indian cricket through the course of his three-year stint as coach. Under his guidance India won its first World Cup triumph in 28 years and scaled to the top of the Test rankings.
The 43-year-old South African has just signed a 2-year contract with the South Africa Cricket Board. However, he said it was too early to be thinking of the next World Cup.
"The next World Cup is still four years away and I have not even started to think about it," he said. .