Gary Kirsten to step down as South Africa coach

Gary Kirsten has cited family reasons for deciding not to renew his contract as South African coach that ends in August 2013 © Getty Images

Johannesburg: May10, 2013

South Africa’s national coach Gary Kirsten has decided not to renew his contract that ends in August 2013, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Friday.

Kirsten, who was appointed in August 2011 for a two-year period cited family reasons for not extending the contract.

“Gary has a young family and it is understandable that he wishes to spend more time at home. I would like to thank him for his tremendous contribution to the well being of the Proteas over the past two years. It is obvious to all of us, whether we have been close to the Proteas or simply fans watching from the stands, the standard of excellence that he has brought to our national team and it will be wonderful if he can complete his tenure by bringing home the ICC Champions Trophy next month,” said CSA President and Board chairman Chris Nenzani, according to cricket.co.za

“With the Proteas due to tour Sri Lanka in July and August and important home series coming up against India and Australia next season it is important that we move quickly to identify his successor. The Board will be following due process as far as this is concerned. Once that process has been decided, we will call a full Media briefing.”

“Gary certainly leaves the Proteas in good health and, although we are disappointed to lose him as head coach, he has put the foundations in place to carry us forward. We will certainly endeavour to retain his services in some capacity as his experience as player, coach and mentor is not something we want to lose in its entirety,” he added.

Kirsten expressed gratitude towards Cricket South Africa for letting him contribute as coach of the national side.

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for the confidence they showed in entrusting me with the fortunes of the national team. It has been a huge privilege to represent my country as player and coach and to have been given the responsibility of growing the team,” he said.

“I would particularly like to thank Cricket South Africa for allowing me the flexibility to combine my coaching job with my family life during my tenure. There have been many highlights over the past two years which have been well documented and I have every confidence that the Proteas will continue to go from strength to strength,” he added.