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Gary Kirsten to skip third Test

The Indian coach will go home to attend to his critically ill mother in South Africa. Spl: Mission Sri Lanka.Click & Play:My Fantasy Cricket

cricket Updated: Aug 05, 2008 14:26 IST

Indian cricket team will be without coach Gary Kirsten in the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo as the South African will go home to attend to his critically ill mother.

"Kirsten will not be available for the third Test match as he will be leaving from Colombo for South Africa tonight. There will not be any replacement in his absence," the BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Kirsten, coach, Indian team, has been granted leave to go to South Africa to be with his mother as she is critically ill," Shah added.

The third match of the series starts August 8 and the series is tied 1-1 after India won the Galle Test.