Former India World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten is set to coach another team as he has been appointed as the coach of men’s and women’s team of the Cardiff-based team for the inaugural season of ‘The Hundred’. Matthew Mott has also be named as the coach of the side along with Kirsten. He (Kirsten) is another star coach who has been linked up with a team in ‘The Hundred’.

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Recently, Shane Warne was confirmed as the coach of Lord’s Hundred team. As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, Mahela Jayawardene will also coach a team in the tournament. ‘The Hundred’ is all set to see the involvement of top-most coaches, along with international players from all around the world.

Gary Kirsten, Indian Women's Cricket Team, Head Coach
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Kirsten’s appointment also ends the speculation of him being in the race for the India coaching job. An Indian coach is not allowed to be associated with any other team. Last week, he was also confirmed as the head coach of Durban Heat for the second edition of Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2019.

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He is already the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL. Kirsten had joined the team’s backroom staff prior to IPL 2018 and was elevated to the head coach job next year, replacing Daniel Vettori.

Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten with Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

It is not that Kisten did not want to coach an international team. He did apply for the job of India’s women’s cricket team and was the first preference of the CAC. Although his association with RCB saw BCCI appointing WV Raman as the head coach of the team.

Kirsten coached India’s men’s team from 2008 to 2011. Later, he went on to coach South Africa before joining Delhi Capitals in IPL. He made his comeback to IPL with RCB.

The former South African batsman has now taken oodles of coaching assignments in franchise cricket and the chances of him taking over the job of an international team are quite less.

It is to be noted that Bangladesh were keen to hire him as their coach. He did become the consultant of the side and saw the process of appointment of the team’s head coach last year. Steve Rhodes, who was sacked after World Cup 2019, had taken over the job in 2018.