T20 World Cup: Kirsten added to Netherlands’ coaching staff

The Netherlands cricket board said former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten and Australia batter Dan Christian are joining the Dutch team’s coaching staff for the Twenty20 World Cup as consultants.

Kirsten guided India to the 50-overs World Cup title in 2011 and coached South Africa to the top of the test rankings a year later.

The 54-year-old has also had coaching roles in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans, as well as Big Bash League side Hobart Hurricanes.

Former South Africa opener Kirsten previously worked with the Netherlands during their series against Ireland in 2021.

“… I look forward to joining them as a consultant in the T20 World Cup,” Kirsten said in a statement. “I was impressed with the level of skill and professionalism during the camp.

“They will be ready and determined to make an big impact at the T20 World Cup.”

All-rounder Christian was part of Australia’s squad for T20 World Cups in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and travelled with the squad as a reserve player when they won the title in 2021.

“I’ve had a great couple of weeks getting to know the guys, and I’ve been extremely impressed with everyone’s work ethic at practice,” Christian said.

The Netherlands, who have been drawn in Group A alongside Namibia, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates in the first round, begin their campaign against the UAE on Oct. 16.

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