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Gary Kirsten looking forward to coaching Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2014

Gary Kirsten said he loves being with an international team but unfortunately the demands of it did not suit where he wanted to be, which was with his family © Getty Images
Gary Kirsten said he loves being with an international team but unfortunately the demands of it did not suit where he wanted to be, which was with his family © Getty Images

London: Feb 10, 2014

South African Gary Kirsten has said he does not want to be considered for the job of England team director because of personal reasons. But he is looking forward to the challenge of coaching Indian Premier League (IPL) team the Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 edition.

The 46-year-old had been tipped by many as a potential replacement for Andy Flower, who resigned last week to allow the team to rebuild after their disastrous tour of Australia, where they lost the Test series 5-0.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are said to be looking for someone who can lead the team in all three formats of the game, but former batsman Kirsten, who left his role as South Africa coach last year, said his personal situation meant he could not be the man for the job.

“It would have been a great challenge, it’s a high-profile sport. Whenever I’ve toured England I’ve always been amazed by the following,” he told Sky Sports.

“I would regard any job like that as a privilege. But I gave up the Proteas job for family reasons — I want to spend more time with a young family and that certainly hasn’t changed.

“I love cricket coaching, I love being with an international team. But unfortunately the demands of it don’t suit where I want to be.”

Kirsten had praise for the job done by Zimbabwean Flower, saying: “It’s a pressurised sport and I think Andy Flower over many years did an exceptional job.

“I had many chats with Andy and I enjoyed his way. I have often wondered whether I could go in with my coaching philosophies and thinking that it could work within that environment.

“I’m taking on the IPL team the Delhi Daredevils — thank goodness it’s a shorter period of time — but I’m looking forward to that challenge and the one thing I’m really looking forward to is working with some Englishmen, some Australians, some West Indians maybe, some South Africans and Indians.”

Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is another leading contender for the job, although he fared little better in Australia as the team slipped to 4-1 and 3-0 defeats in the one-day and Twenty20 series which followed the Ashes.

Whoever takes charge will be without the services of star batsman Kevin Pietersen, whose England career came to an abrupt end this week after officials announced they’d “unanimously” wanted to rebuild the side without him.

The 33-year-old was left out of the squads for both the upcoming One-Day International tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

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