Kirsten, Christian added to Netherlands coaching staff for T20 World Cup

Gary Kirsten and Dan Christian will be part of the Netherlands coaching staff for the upcoming T20 World Cup, KNCB revealed on Monday (October 10).

The Netherlands players trained at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy in Cape Town in late September before their departure to Australia, where Kirsten is set to join the team again as a consultant.

Christian’s stint with the team started with their training camp in Adelaide. Both Kirsten and Christian will remain with the Netherlands side through their T20 World Cup campaign.

“We are very excited to welcome both Gary Kirsten and Dan Christian to our coaching staff for the T20 World Cup. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table which will be of great help in the lead-up to and during the World Cup,” KNCB High Performance Manager Roland Lefebvre said.

Kirsten had previously worked with the Netherlands side during the Super League series in Ireland in 2021. He has worked closely with head coach Ryan Cook for many years. The 2011 World Cup winning coach with India, Kirsten was also part of the coaching staff in the 2022 IPL season, with his team Gujarat Titans emerging victorious.

Speaking about his latest stint, Kirsten, who was said: “I really enjoyed working with the Dutch Team in Cape Town and I look forward to joining them as a consultant in the T20 World Cup. I was impressed with the level of skill and professionalism during the camp. They will be ready and determined to make an big impact at the T20 World Cup.”

Christian, an experienced player in the T20 circuit with 393 caps, has been part of the Australian squad for several of their T20 World Cup campaigns and was also their travelling reserve during the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. Christian is also the most capped player in the Big Bash League, and brings in a world of experience and knowledge when it comes to the Australian conditions.

Speaking about his role in the Netherlands setup, Christian said: “I’ve had a great couple of weeks getting to know the guys, and I’ve been extremely impressed with everyone’s work ethic at practice. I’m looking forward to seeing them have some well-deserved success on the field.”

The Netherlands are grouped alongside the UAE, Namibia and Sri Lanka in Group A of the first round of the T20 World Cup. They face the UAE in their opening game on October 16, followed by matches against Namibia and Sri Lanka on October 18 and 20 respectively. The top two teams from both groups in the Group phase will qualify for the Super 12 stage which begins on October 21.

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