Home > News >

Gary Kirsten refused England coaching job due to inability to pick Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen was ousted from the England team after the Ashes debacle Down Under © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen was ousted from the England team after the Ashes debacle Down Under © Getty Images

London: Mar 26, 2014

Former South African coach Gary Kirsten had reportedly refused to replace Andy Flower as England’s team director because he was not allowed to pick sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is expected to be anointed as Flower’s successor next month after England’s World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh, although the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also sounded out Kirsten about sifting through the wreckage of England”s 5-0 Ashes wipeout in Australia.

According to the Mirror, former South African opener Kirsten publicly distanced himself from the job by claiming that he did not want to spend long periods away from his family in South Africa, although he privately confided that he does not want to succeed Flower at any price if he was constrained by ECB dictates which vetoed Pietersen’s selection.

Kirsten, who is the coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils and had taken India and South Africa to No.1 in the world, paid 900,000 pounds at the IPL auction this year to secure Pietersen’s signing — then installed him as captain However, the report mentioned that Kirsten’s principled stand underlines the ECB’s folly of sacking Pietersen, tearing up his central contract and turning his exile from international cricket into a condition of employment for the next team director.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 4: KL Rahul brings up sixth FC century with six; South Zone 148/1

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Abu Dhabi: Pakistan hold advantage with 370-run lead

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand ready for spin challenge, says Shane Bond

KL Rahul becomes 10th batsmen to score century in each innings in Duleep Trophy

Pakistan hold advantage with 370-run lead at stumps on Day 3 of 2nd Test against Australia

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Virat Kohli looks forward to captaincy stint

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Chance for both teams to get the No.1 ODI spot

Michael Clarke defies cricket rules; should he be penalised?

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Virat Kohli’s captaincy opportunities important in context of India’s succession plans

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Google extends “Ok, Google” hotword to third-party apps with six lines of code

Ayurvedic treatment: 7 types of Ayurvedic massages you should know about

Raajneeti 2 First Look: Will Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif come back for the sequel?

Varun Dhawan shares a funny moment with Ranbir Kapoor’s best buddy Ayan Mukerji – View pics!

Beauty Tip #43 — Get fuller-looking lips with home-made sugar scrub

Gmail for Android updated with Material Design UI and support for other email services

Interstellar trailer review: Mankind must survive off Earth

Liverpool vs Newcastle United Live Streaming and Score: Watch Live Telecast Online Barclays Premier League 2014-15 Match

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here