Allan Donald, Russell Domingo well placed to take over at Proteas – Kirsten

2013-05-10 16:44

Bowling coach Allan Donald and assistant coach Russell Domingo – whose contracts are up for renewal – are well placed to take over from him, Proteas coach Gary Kirsten has said.

Kirsten announced that his contract would not be renewed because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

He took over from Corrie van Zyl after the failed 2011 Cricket World Cup campaign.

“The five weeks I spent at home was the longest time I spent at home (at a time) in a number of years and I have begun to realise the (effect my absence as a father) has on my family,” Kirsten said.

“I have three kids under the age of 10 that are very dear to me and the concern was how was I going to manage that time apart to the point where I would be just doing one format of the game. It would be unfair on a lot of people and it would seem like Gary Kirsten is dictating to people, which I didn’t want anyone to see that as the way I operate.”

Kirsten said he was not under pressure because of the wave of transformation in South African cricket.

He said he never wanted to portray the image of a miracle worker.

“I never started this job thinking I would be the man with the silver bullet to winning world cups. It is certainly not why I do the job,” Kirsten said.

He said players were informed of his decision about his contract before it was made public. “Every player was informed beforehand and their reaction was that of surprise. Importantly, they felt that they had enjoyed the two years which was important to me. I’ve had some incredible reply messages from the players and it’s humbling to know that you’ve had some significance or impact in their lives.”

Cricket South Africa acting CEO Naasei Appiah said the board would decide who would take over from Kirsten but whether his lieutenants remain would be up to the new coach.

“It’s all going to be dependent on who the head coach is so it would be them would decide who the management team will be.”

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