Former India coach Gary Kirsten is all set to be named the head coach of the South African cricket team with ex-teammate Allan Donald set to assist him. The 43-year-old has always been the prime candidate to take over the reins after conveying his desire to leave his post as the coach of the Indian team after the World Cup.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is set to make a formal announcement on Monday, ending a two-month speculation as the officials interviewed several candidates from across the globe for the position, according to Saturday Star.
Kirsten, who had three fantastic seasons with the Indian team guiding them to a World Cup triumph and to the No. 1 ranking in Test cricket, was tipped to take over from Corrie van Zyl, who has returned to his position as head of the CSA High Performance Centre.
CSA has declined to comment on the issue as they intend to make a formal announcement after the coach has signed on the dotted lines.
Former South African captain Kepler Wessels welcomed the news that Kirsten and Donald would coach the Proteas.
"Gary's appointment will be good for South African cricket. He has done unbelievably well in India. He has a great work ethic and knows what is expected of a coach at international level," Wessels opined.
"Allan wanted to be involved with the Proteas for a considerable amount of time. He is very passionate about South African cricket and he will do a good job. He has coached quite a lot and is good technically and tactically," Wessels added.