Gary Kirsten, the former South African opener and ex-India coach, will be managing the Australian T20 team Hobart Hurricanes for the next two seasons in the capacity as the official coach. As far as coaching is concerned, Kirsten is best known for managing the Indian national team from 2008 to 2011.

He was the man at the helm when India won the 2011 ODI World Cup. He later coached the South African national team from 2011 to 2013 but did not have the same spotlight or success as he had when he was in India.

Kirsten was also well known as a tough opening batsman for South Africa, particularly in Test match cricket, where he scored 7,289 runs in 101 games. Also check-IPL 2017: Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan and other international players to watch out for this season

Talking about his new assignment, Kirsten was quoted to be saying by Cricinfo.com, “I am committed to developing the young T20 talent within the club and the region – at the same time creating the best environment for our leaders and experienced players to perform their best. To have the opportunity to work within Australian cricket is a huge privilege.” Also check-IPL 2017: Mustafizur Rahman expected to join Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 7, says coach Tom Moody

While talking about the Australian T20 tourney, he said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed watching BBL over the past few years and I’m really looking forward to this coaching opportunity with the Hurricanes and Tasmanian cricket. My vision is to help the Hurricanes become the club of choice for all aspiring BBL players. I would also like to help create an environment which enables a positive and entertaining brand of T20 cricket and to help deliver consistent success to the club.”