Monday 6 June 2011 

Kirsten To Coach South Africa, De Villiers In As Captain

Kirsten To Coach South Africa, De Villiers In As Captain
Kirsten To Coach South Africa, De Villiers In As Captain
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named Gary Kirsten as their new head coach, AB de Villiers their new One-Day and Twenty20 International captain and Hashim Amla as his vice-captain.

De Villiers will also act as Graeme Smith's vice-captain in Test cricket, and Kirsten, who recently led India to World Cup glory and to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings, has been appointed on a two-year deal.

Furthermore, former Russell Domingo has been named as assistant coach with Allan Donald taking over as bowling coach.

"We are delighted to welcome Gary back as part of the CSA family," CSA CEO Gerald Majola said. "We have been through an exhaustive but rewarding process to find the best possible candidate for the job and we are totally confident that we have done just that.

"The selection of Gary has brought to an end a process that started several years ago when he first expressed interest in the position.

"Gary’s credentials and cricketing experiences speak for themselves and the Board of CSA is confident that he will lead the Proteas to new heights in all formats of the game.

"It has been highly encouraging to see the calibre of candidates from around the world who applied for this prestigious position and it confirms the high regard for South African cricket around the world.

"Gary will now make recommendations regarding his key support staff and these positions will be announced as soon as contractual negotiations have been completed."

Kirsten added: "In the first place I would like to say what an honour it is to become head coach of the Proteas. Having filled the same position with the Indian national team for the past three years I believe this is a natural progression as far as my coaching career is concerned.

"My coaching philosophy will not be any different than it was for the Indian team. I always endeavour to influence players in a positive way and give them options so that they can grow both as cricketers and as people."

On the new captaincy arrangements, Majola added:

"De Villiers and Amla have been part of the new tier of leadership that has been built up in the Proteas’ squad for some time now under the guidance of Graeme Smith."

With regard to the new coaching set up, he commented: "Domingo has done outstanding work with the Chevrolet Warriors, particularly in the limited overs format.

"He led the Warriors to both the limited overs crowns in the 2009-10 season, and has qualified the Warriors for the Champions’ League for two seasons in a row. This included reaching the final in last year’s edition.

"He has also achieved considerable success with the South Africa A side and this is a natural progression in his coaching career to move up to the highest level.

"Donald’s record speaks for itself. He has been involved with both the England and New Zealand national sides as well as in county cricket with Warwickshire. Above all, his record in international cricket as a player makes him ideally equipped to work with what is still a young Proteas’ bowling attack."

© Cricket World 2011

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