Hobart Hurricanes coach Gary Kirsten announces his resignation due to personal reasons
"We want to allow the fans to give him a proper send off, which he's keen to do, but that's a work in progress." - Cricket Tasmania CEO.
Published - Jul 11, 2018 3:09 pm | Updated - Jul 11, 2018 3:09 pm
Former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten has announced a very surprising resignation as the head coach of Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League side. He has announced his exit in the middle of his two-year contract with Cricket Tasmania due to some personal reasons. The Tasmania cricket coach Adam Griffith will now take over the role across three formats in the upcoming Australian summer.
Kirsten hinted of a possible resignation about a month ago
Nick Cummins, who is the Cricket Tasmania chief executive officer revealed that Kirsten hinted on the possibility of not wanting to continue the association as the coach of the Hurricanes in the last month. However, the officer refused to comment upon the exact reasons following Kirsten’s decision to resign. He also mentioned that Cricket Tasmania looked into many ways to involve the former Proteas cricketer.
“We looked at a few different ways that we could have him involved, but this specific issue is going to prevent him from doing that. It’s a real personal blow. We really enjoyed working with him and he had a significant impact on the program in a short amount of time,” said Cummins as quoted by abc.net.
He also noted that the fans and the players are very much excited to give Kirsten a thanking departure. Cummins is hopeful that the former coach will return during some stage of the summer to play a role in the Hurricanes Big Bash League 8 (BBL) campaign. “We want to allow the fans to give him a proper send off, which he’s keen to do, but that’s a work in progress,” he added.
The new coach Adam Griffith was already the first choice candidate to take over as the Hurricanes coach after the end of Kirsten’s two-year deal. Adam mentioned that he is very excited for his upcoming role with the BBL side and noted that most of the players are from the same domestic circuit.
“Three quarters of the squad are Tigers players anyway, so there’s no different message I need to be telling them. I’ve got some pretty cool ideas about what we can do across both programs so I’m looking forward to implementing those,” said Adam.