Introducing Gary Kirsten. The Welsh Fire men’s coach gives his views. A bigger role for coaches. His love for Cardiff. He’s pumped for The Hundred.
Thrilled to be coaching Welsh Fire in The Hundred?
I have absolutely no doubt that it is going to be fun and it is going to be entertaining. The countdown from 100 balls I think is brilliant. We’ll have teams making decisions on bowling five or 10 balls from one end. I think the curiosity of a new format is exciting.
Best way to use the tactical timeout?
As coaches we are always grappling with that because you don’t want to say anything out of turn. I love the timeouts because it is an opportunity to stop the game and reassess. I have a view that we should be able to communicate with our players as coaches, especially in the modern game.
Skill in bowling 10 balls at a time?
I think it will bring a really interesting dynamic into the game and what decisions you make. It’s not just the bowler who makes the decision but also the captain. There’s a lot of learning to be done around that.
Who would you bring to a Hundred game?
I’ve got two boys so they would definitely want to come. For me the whole family can come. That’s what these shortened formats are doing now and the Hundred is no different. You can go for three hours and have a real family experience.
Which celebrity would you draft?
Roger Federer. I just love him as a sportsman. He’s an incredible sportsman and role model. I love the way he plays tennis.
Gary Kirsten, men's Cardiff team Head Coach
Favourite thing about Cardiff?
Whenever I have been to Cardiff I have always enjoyed running along the River Taff here. I think the city centre of Cardiff is amazing.
What’s unique about coaching in the UK?
Whether you are playing club cricket or at the highest level of the game I get the sense that people are taking care of the game. Every stakeholder takes care of the game. They always talk highly about it. I love coming here for that.