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Gary Kirsten leaves Welsh Fire after disappointing run of results

08 Dec 2022 1 minute read
Welsh Fire’s Ben Duckett bats during The Hundred match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Picture by Adam Davy / PA Wire

Welsh Fire are on the lookout for a new men’s head coach, with Gary Kirsten departing after two disappointing seasons in charge.

Appointing the South African coach appeared a major coup for the Cardiff-based side, given his pedigree in the international game, but he has been unable to make his mark on The Hundred.

Fire finished seventh in the inaugural competition, above only a misfiring London Spirit, then lost all eight matches in 2022 to finish rock bottom.

Star player Jonny Bairstow has played just twice for the team since the tournament launched, while signings such as Tom Banton, David Miller and Joe Clarke have frequently under-delivered.

Meanwhile, engagement with fans has been affected by a lack of Welsh representation.

Kirsten, a World Cup winner with India in 2011, was strongly linked with England when Chris Silverwood was sacked earlier this year but lost out to Brendon McCullum and Matthew Mott.

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