Gary Kirsten to resign as South Africa coach

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Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013, 16:30 [IST]
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Gary Kirsten to resign as SA coach

Johannesburg, May 10: Gary Kirsten has opted not to renew his coaching contract with South Africa team, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Friday. Champions Trophy 2013 in England next month will be Kirsten's last assignment with the team.

The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday accepted with regret national coach Gary Kirsten's decision not to renew his contract, a report on CSA website said on Friday.

In the report, Kirsten was quoted as saying: "I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for the confidence they showed in entrusting me with the fortunes of the national team. It has been a huge privilege to represent my country as player and coach and to have been given the responsibility of growing the team.

"I would particularly like to thank Cricket South Africa for allowing me the flexibility to combine my coaching job with my family life during my tenure.

"There have been many highlights over the past two years which have been well documented and I have every confidence that the Proteas will continue to go from strength to strength."

Kirsten was appointed from the beginning of August 2011 for a two-year period with an option to renew it for a further two years. His current contract will expire in August this year.

He has informed the Board that he will not be renewing his contract for family reasons, the report added.

"Gary has a young family and it is understandable that he wishes to spend more time at home," commented CSA President and Board chairman Chris Nenzani.

"I would like to thank him for his tremendous contribution to the well being of the Proteas over the past two years. It is obvious to all of us, whether we have been close to the Proteas or simply fans watching from the stands, the standard of excellence that he has brought to our national team and it will be wonderful if he can complete his tenure by bringing home the ICC Champions Trophy next month.

"With the Proteas due to tour Sri Lanka in July and August and important home series coming up against India and Australia next season it is important that we move quickly to identify his successor. The Board will be following due process as far as this is concerned."

"Once that process has been decided we will call a full Media briefing. Gary certainly leaves the Proteas in good health and, although we are disappointed to lose him as head coach, he has put the foundations in place to carry us forward.

"We will certainly endeavour to retain his services in some capacity as his experience as player, coach and mentor is not something we want to lose in its entirety," Nenzani added.

Kirsten was India's coach and took the team to 2011 World Cup victory.


Story first published:  Friday, May 10, 2013, 15:56 [IST]
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