Former Indian World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten is likely to make a comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the Intex Rajkot franchise is in talks with the IPL franchise Rajkot for a coaching role, The Indian Express reported.
The mobile company Intex owned franchise, along with Sanjiv Goenka owned Pune will replace the suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) to complete the eight-team IPL line up for 2016 and 2017 editions, is interested in getting Kirsten into their team to manage the squad. The Intex Rajkot franchise is expected to get a full strength at the players auction in February.
Kirsten has an impressive resume as the head coach of India and South Africa through his two-year coaching stint with the Daredevils reaped little benefits.
Kirsten was at the helm of the Indian team when it lifted its second World Cup in 2011. He then decided not to renew his contract and went on to take up the coaching role for his home team, guiding them to the No 1 spot in the ICC Test ranking.
According to the newspaper’s source the five players, Rajkot picked during the IPL draft earlier this month have already been informed about the franchise’s interest in Kirsten as the team’s coach.
The franchise opted for Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum and Jmaes Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo as its five players of choice from the 50 man draft that consisted capped and uncapped playuers from CSK and RR.
On the other hand, the Pune franchise is strongly linked with Stephen Fleming to coach thme that will be led by MS Dhoni.