Two World Cup winning coaches. Gary Kirsten and Matthew Mott. Appointed to lead the Welsh Fire men's and women's teams.
World Cup winning coaches Gary Kirsten and Matthew Mott have been appointed to lead the men’s and women’s teams for the Welsh Fire teams in The Hundred.
Gary Kirsten coached India to the 2011 World Cup on home soil while Matthew Mott, who oversaw Australia’s recent women’s Ashes victory, was in charge when Australia won the World Twenty20 last year.
Kirsten’s coaching resume includes guiding both India and his native South Africa to the top of the ICC men’s Test rankings and has coached in both the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League.
Gary Kirsten said: “To be involved in English and Welsh cricket from a coaching perspective is something that I have never done. It’s great to be given that opportunity and to come to Cardiff.
“This is a new format that I am sure will grow and grow. The real win is that it will grab the attention of families and expose the game of cricket to as many environments and communities as possible.”
Matthew Mott will be making a return to Cardiff after he spent three seasons as coach of Glamorgan, helping the Welsh county to the 2013 Yorkshire Bank Pro 40 final.
Mott has been in charge of Australia’s women’s team since 2015.
Mott said: “Cardiff is a special place for me and my family and that was a big part in my decision to return.
“I’ve got no doubt The Hundred will be a success for the women’s game. I’ve got a young son who is a Sydney Sixers fan and he doesn’t see gender – he just sees the team. The Hundred will provide that sort of platform in England and Wales and I can’t speak highly enough of what that can mean for the game.”
The Cardiff Head Coach appointments follow the recent announcements that Simon Katich will coach the men's Manchester Originals team, Andrew McDonald will coach the men’s team at Birmingham Phoenix and Lisa Keightley and Shane Warne will coach the women’s and men’s sides at London Spirit.