Gary Kirsten, India’s World Cup-winning coach, is in high demand these days. The former South African opener’s coaching offers and alternatives are growing by the day. He is expected to be chosen the head coach of the Ahmedabad IPL franchise for the inaugural season. If that wasn’t enough, Kirsten is rumored to have received an offer from Cricket South Africa, as well as the opportunity to coach the England test team.
IPL 2022 Ahmedabad Team Head Coach: InsideSport previously revealed that Kirsten has been asked for a coaching position by the CVC Partners-backed Ahmedabad IPL Team. CVC is still waiting for an official LETTER OF INTENT from BCCI to operate the club, therefore the deal has yet to be signed on the dotted line.
Head Coach of South Africa: Kirsten has already made South Africa the world’s No. 1 Test team. CSA has apparently approached him again about taking over as coach.
England Cricket Squad Head Coach: After the Ashes debacle, England test team and coach Chris Silverwood’s reputation is in shreds. Kirsten is expected to take Silverwood’s place, according to British publications. ‘He is interested,’ he replies, but only on the condition that ‘he will not coach the white-ball side.’
“I’ve been on this trip twice already (in 2015 and 2019 when England hired new coaches), and I’ve always made it clear that I would never commit to completing all forms,” Kirsten told I News.
“And it becomes a consideration when international cricket boards come to terms with the fact that they need to split coaching jobs,” he continued.
Kirsten believes England’s ODI structure does not require any adjustments, but he was critical of their Test performance.
“Listen, the England One-Day International team is set up, and you’re the best ODI team in the world right now.” “It’s a well-thought-out idea, with consistency in the players chosen,” Kirsten remarked, adding, “Test side has been battling for a while, but it’d be a really nice project to get that going.”
Kirsten led India to victory in the 2011 World Cup final, defeating Sri Lanka.
In August 2012, he led South Africa to the top of the ICC rankings.
In addition to playing, the 54-year-old has coached in the Indian Premier League.
He was the head coach of the Welsh Fire at The Hundred this summer.
Will England be open to changing the red-ball and white-ball formats? The ECB would have to go against the grain.
Nick Compton, a former England batsman, has endorsed Gary Kirsten for the job.
“I’d make a change right now.” Silverwood, I believe, is a fine man who did his best. Kirsten would be the ideal candidate. He understands top-level batting and has consistently performed at that level,” he remarked.
He also pointed his finger at Ashley Giles, claiming that he failed to make the necessary appointments.
“It’s all about getting the right people in the right locations,” says the author. Giles hasn’t made the best appointments in my opinion. Kirsten, in my opinion, should have gotten the coaching job instead of someone who is more qualified, has taken teams to the top of the globe, and has won World Cups. With all due respect to Silverwood, he has done his all, but he lacks the long-term expertise of a head coach,” he continued.