London - South African Gary Kirsten has said he does not want to be considered
for the job of England team director because of personal reasons.
46-year-old had been tipped by many as a potential replacement for Andy
Flower, who resigned last week to allow the team to rebuild after their
disastrous tour of Australia, where they lost the Test series 5-0.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are said to be looking for
someone who can lead the team in all three formats of the game, but
former batsman Kirsten, who left his role as South Africa coach last
year, said his personal situation meant he could not be the man for the
"It would have been a great challenge, it's a high-profile
sport. Whenever I've toured England I've always been amazed by the
following," he told Sky Sports.
"I would regard any job like that as a privilege.
I gave up the Proteas job for family reasons - I want to spend more
time with a young family and that certainly hasn't changed.
love cricket coaching, I love being with an international team. But
unfortunately the demands of it don't suit where I want to be."
had praise for the job done by Zimbabwean Flower, saying: "It's a
pressurised sport and I think Andy Flower over many years did an
"I had many chats with Andy and I enjoyed his
way. I have often wondered whether I could go in with my coaching
philosophies and thinking that it could work within that environment.
taking on the IPL (Indian Premier League) team the Delhi Daredevils -
thank goodness it's a shorter period of time - but I'm looking forward
to that challenge and the one thing I'm really looking forward to is
working with some Englishmen, some Australians, some West Indians maybe,
some South Africans and Indians."
Limited-overs coach Ashley
Giles is another leading contender for the job, although he fared little
better in Australia as the team slipped to 4-1 and 3-0 defeats in the
one-day and Twenty20 series which followed the Ashes.
takes charge will be without the services of star batsman Kevin
Pietersen, whose England career came to an abrupt end this week after
officials announced they'd "unanimously" wanted to rebuild the side
The 33-year-old was left out of the squads for both
the upcoming one-day international tour of the West Indies and the World
Twenty20 in Bangladesh.