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S African Kirsten to be India's new coach

The former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten has been offered a two-year contract by the BCCI, report Amol Karhadkar & J de Jager.

cricket Updated: Nov 28, 2007 03:40 IST

Former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten is set to take over as India’s next coach later this winter, over seven months after Greg Chappell left the post.

Kirsten, who secretly met top BCCI officials, the coach selection panel (comprising former captains Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkataraghavan) and Test skipper Anil Kumble on Monday night in New Delhi, has been offered a two-year contract.

“We have offered him a copy of the contract,” said BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty. “He will let us know whether he’s joining us or not latest by December 3.”

The South African seemed quite comfortable with the way things had worked out. “The interview went well, but I haven’t signed anything yet,” said Kirsten.

First Published: Nov 27, 2007 09:59 IST