• Kirsten in running to coach India women

    Former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten has reportedly submitted his candidacy for the position of India Women’s head coach.

    Kirsten was also the India men’s coach from 2008 to 2011 – and led them to a World Cup title and the number one position in the International Cricket Council’s Test team rankings.

    ‘Yes, Gary has applied for the job,’ a Board of Control for Cricket in India official was quoted as saying by Times of India.

    Last week, it was confirmed former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs and ex-Cape Cobras batsman Owais Shah have applied for the position of India women’s coach role, too.

    Erstwhile Indian seamer Manoj Prabhakar is also among the candidates to replace the outgoing  Ramesh Powar, whose three-month contract was not extended after the recent Women’s World T20.

    ‘I followed the World T20 in the West Indies where India missed out after reaching the semi-final,’ Shah, who played for the Cobras after his England career, told Women’s CricZone.

    ‘I felt there are areas they can improve on, certainly. I know how the England women’s team have prepared in the past, I have seen some of the women train at Lord’s.’

    ‘Being a foreigner I won’t be biased towards anyone. It is all about managing different personalities. I have got an Asian background myself and was also raised in a multi-cultural city as London is.’

    Gibbs coached Kuwait to a historic win over Saudi Arabia recently – and was part of the Rajputs staff at the recent T10 League in Sharjah.

    ‘I have put my name forward, yes,’ he confirmed to Sportstar.

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