Johannesburg – The management announced of the South African cricket team announced on Sunday that former coach, Gary Kirsten, will join the team as batting mentor during the One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday.
Kirsten will join the squad for five days between the second and third ODI's in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
“Gary is a World Cup winning coach and it would be naïve for us not to tap into his wisdom,” said Proteas' team manager Dr Mohammed Mosajee.
“We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge. We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us as possible.”
Dale Steyn is being rested for the first two ODI's, and will return to South Africa before joining up with the squad for the remainder of the series as well as the T20 series.
Colin Ingram has been placed on stand-by for Hashim Amla, who is still in South Africa awaiting the birth of his second child. Ingram will join up with the squad on Monday morning. – Sapa