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Kirsten new SA coach: Report

Former India coach Gary Kirsten is all set to take over the reigns of the South African cricket team with his ex-teammate Allan Donald assisting him, a media report said.

cricket Updated: Jun 04, 2011 18:58 IST

Former India coach Gary Kirsten is all set to take over the reigns of the South African cricket team with his ex-teammate Allan Donald assisting him, a media report said.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) would make a formal announcement on Monday, ending two months of speculation, as officials interviewed several candidates from across the globe for the position, according to 'Saturday Star'.

Kirsten, who had fantastic three seasons with the Indian team, guiding them to a World Cup triumph and to the top ranking in Test cricket, was tipped to take over from Corrie van Zyl, who has returned to his position as head of the CSA High Performance Centre.

CSA has declined to comment on the issue as they intend to make a formal announcement after the coach has signed the contract on dotted lines.

In recent weeks, there has been much speculation that Kirsten had suggested a "multi-coach" approach, with different coaches for the various forms of the game, with him taking up an overall position as director of cricket, but this did not find favour with the selection panel.

Kirsten's closest rival for the position was Richard Pybus.

Donald, who has been sought after as a bowling coach since his retirement, was a popular partner for Kirsten in the early years of South Africa's return to the international cricket arena following decades of isolation because of apartheid.