Gary Kirsten To Coach Cardiff-based Team In ”The Hundred” Competition
After Shane Warne, yet another legendary cricketer makes into ”The Hundred” Competition. The former Indian coach and the South African batsman Gary Kirsten was appointed as the head coach of the Cardiff-based team. Meanwhile, the former Australian cricketer Matthew Mott will be leading the Cardiff-based women’s team in the competition.
Kirsten has had a famous coaching stint with India’s world-cup winning side in 2011, post which he was involved in South Africa’s ascent to the top of Test rankings. Besides that, he’s also been a coach in the Indian Premier League and was recently appointed as the Durban Heat coach in the Mzansi Super League.
Gary Kirsten was known as a hard-working cricketer during his time as a player with the South African national team, and he has taken that same work ethic into his coaching. When India appointed him as head coach in 2008, it was considered a big risk as he had had no prior coaching experience.
It’s great to be involved – Gary Kirsten
But it turned out to be a masterstroke, by the BCCI, as he helped India in winning the 2011 50-over World Cup in addition to taking India to No.1 in the ICC Test rankings in 2009.
“To be involved in English and Welsh cricket from a coaching perspective is something that I have never done. It’s great to be given that opportunity and to come to Cardiff,” said Kirsten.
“This is a new format that I am sure will grow and grow. The real win is that it will grab the attention of families and expose the game of cricket to as many environments and communities as possible.”
The tournament will run by England and Wales Cricket Board. The first edition of ‘The Hundred’, a professional 100-ball cricket league, is scheduled for next year. The league will consist of eight city-based franchise teams, each of which will field both a men’s and women’s team.
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