To resign as South Africa coach: Gary Kirsten

Gary Kirsten has opted not to renew his coaching contract with South Africa team, Cricket South Africa announced on Friday. Champions Trophy 2013 in England next month will be Kirsten’s last assignment with the team. The Board of  Directors of Cricket South Africa on Friday accepted with regret national coach Gary Kirsten’s decision not to renew his contract. It has been a huge privilege to represent his country as player and coach and to have been given the responsibility of growing the team.

There have been many highlights over the past two years which have been well documented and have every confidence that the Proteas will continue to go from strength to strength. Kirsten was appointed from the beginning of August 2011 for a two year period with an option to renew it for a further two years. His current contract will expire in August this year. He has informed the Board that he will not be renewing his contract for family reasons. Gary has a young family and it is understandable that he wishes to spend more time at home.

It is obvious to all of us, whether they 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. 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 they move quickly to identify his successor.