World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten has parted ways with the hundred franchise Welsh Fire as their head coach. The Welsh Fire had a forgettable season as they lost all eight games in this edition of the hundred. In the two editions, they have won a combined three games only. This is the worst record during Kirsten’s coaching phase.
Kirsten has coached in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and was a batting coach and mentor for the Gujarat Titans, who went on to lift the IPL trophy in their inaugural edition.
On the international stage, he has a good record with both India and South Africa during his coaching stint. He has even coached the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.
Gary Kirsten will not return to coach the team for the coming season
The team was built around English wicketkeeper batter Jonny Bairstow who missed the season due to injury, and the team was unable to find consistency. Welsh Fire have confirmed Kirsten’s exit and have invited candidates to apply for the role of head coach.
“The team has confirmed that after leading the side for the past two seasons, Gary Kirsten will not be returning to coach the team for the coming season. An advert for the role has gone live today. Everyone involved with Welsh Fire would like to express their thanks to Gary for his contribution and efforts over the past two years. We look forward to receiving applications for the men’s Head Coach role from a wide range of candidates,” Welsh Fire said.
Mark Alleyne, Jason Kerr, and Matthew Maynard were also part of the coaching staff for Welsh Fire. The former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace is the front-runner to take Kirsten’s job after showing interest in The Hundred last month.