Kirsten to quit, prefers family over SA job

  • AFP, Johannesburg
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  • Updated: May 11, 2013 02:11 IST

Gary Kirsten will not renew his contract as South Africa coach when it expires at the end of July, the national cricket body said on Friday.

Kirsten, who guided hosts India to the 2011 ICC World Cup title, signed a two-year contract with the Proteas the same year, and had the option of a two-year renewal.

However, the Cape Town-born coach told Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials he would quit his post at the end of July having established the Proteas as the top-ranked cricket Test nation. “Gary has a young family and it is understandable that he wishes to spend more time at home,” CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

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“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 he has brought to our national team.”

Kirsten thanked CSA for giving him the responsibility of growing the team and for allowing him the flexibility to combine his coaching role with family life.“There have been many highlights over the past two years which have been well documented and I have confidence that the Proteas will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Kirsten will lead South Africa at the Champions Trophy during June in England, where the AB de Villiers-skippered side hope to ditch the long-held tag of ‘chokers’.


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