Gary Kirsten has applied for the position of head coach of the Indian Women’s Team.


Former South Africa International Cricketer Gary Kirsten has applied for the position of the Indian Women’s Team Head Coach, as per the news of Times of India. He has applied after doing an inquiry before applying for the post. The report further said that former New Zealand and current Kings XI coach Mike Hesson too did an inquiry for the post but it is not clear yet whether he has applied for it or not.

Gary Kirsten has a wonderful cricketing career. Having made his debut for South Africa in 1993, he had played more than 286 International matches, including Tests and ODIs; where he scored more than 14,000 runs. Along with this, he had played 221 First-class matches and 294 List A matches; there he has 16670 and 9586 runs respectively. He was the Head Coach of the India men’s team for three years from 2008-2011. Under his coaching, India won the 2011 World Cup.

After having coached the India men’s team, he then coached the South Africa team for two years from 2011-2013. He is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Other applicants who have sent the applications are Atul Bedade, David Johnson, Rakesh Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Dominic Thornely, Gargi Banerjee, Vidyuth Jaisimha, Ramesh Powar, Colin Siller, and Dav Whatmore.

The BCCI is looking for a new head coach for the Women’s Team after Ramesh Powar’s term as interim coach has ended last month after the World T20. He took the responsibility after former coach Tushar Arothe’s sudden resignation in August. Powar’s term ended in controversial circumstances where veteran Mithali Raj accused him of humiliating during the World T20 before dropping her in the most important ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final against England where India lost the match by eight wickets.

While Mithali Raj got the support from most of the people, India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, and BCCI’s Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji have supported Ramesh Powar to give an extension. Though CoA chief Vinod Rai has rejected Edulji’s proposal, Powar has re-applied for the post.

Also read: The story behind Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar

The BCCI has formed an ad-hoc panel to select the new Head Coach of the India Women’s Team. The committee comprised of former India cricketers Shantha Rangaswamy, Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad, who will take the interviews of the fresh applicants on December 20 in Mumbai. The BCCI is expected to name the new Head Coach before the New Zealand tour; which will begin on January 24 next year. They will play three ODIs and three T20Is there.

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