Cilliers announced on social media on Monday that he was leaving, saying: ‘And so it ends where it all started in ’89, in Potch. Cheers to the wonderful game and all the great people I have played with, worked with and have had the privilege to call cricketing friends. It has been a great ride!!’
‘We’ve done that and there’s certainly a big drive to do well. And just like all the other franchises will probably tell you, we have our eyes on all the trophies this year.’
After beginning his coaching career with the U17 Free State side, he was appointed head coach of the Knights in 2009.
Central Franchise CEO, Johan van Heerden, commented: ‘It is very sad to say goodbye to Sarel. Thank you for what you did for Free State Cricket Union and the Eagles/Knights. You were a fantastic professional and an example for any professional cricketer.’
Boje will act as head coach until a permanent appointment is made in May next year.
As a cricketer, Boje played 43 Tests and 115 One-Day Internationals as an all-rounder for South Africa between 1995 and 2006. He was appointed as head coach for the Free State Cricket Union Academy in 2014.