The arrangement was reached late last week after an extensive recruitment process involving a panel consisting of Tasmanian cricketing greats Ricky Ponting and David Boon, incoming CEO Nick Cummins, General Manager of Cricket Andrew Dykes and Hobart Hurricanes General Manager Bill Avery.
Hurricanes General Manager Bill Avery welcomed Gary Kirsten aboard and said the panel was impressed with Gary’s thorough and strategic approach and his vision for the club overall.
“Gary has a contemporary approach to T20 coaching and is looking forward to creating a vibrant and strong environment for players to succeed. We are striving for the Hurricanes to be a BBL club of choice for local and international T20 players – and Gary shares this vision.
“We are looking forward to Gary joining the Cane Train and I know Gary is thrilled to be part of the Hurricanes,” Mr Avery said.
The 49-year-old has had a successful playing career with 101 Test matches and 185 One-Day-Internationals to his name. As a coach he has been praised by players for improving and enhancing their playing techniques and currently runs his own Cricket Academy in South Africa called Gary Kirsten Cricket.
Currently residing in Cape Town South Africa, Kirsten said he wanted to engage with all levels of leadership at the Hurricanes and help develop a path that can deliver consistent success for the club, stating that the chance to work and engage with a passionate Hurricanes club based in Tasmania was very appealing.
“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. 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,” Kirsten said.
The Hobart Hurricanes are yet to finalise the remaining coaching support staff or squad for BBL|07 with discussions ongoing over the coming weeks. It is expected that Gary Kirsten will visit Hobart mid-year before re-locating for the duration of the BBL season.