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Gary Kirsten launches cricket programmes in Kenya, starting April

GARY Kirsten the iconic South African cricket legend is starting cricket development in Kenya and East Africa. It was announced in Nairobi on Wednesday that Kirsten will spearhead a series of high profile sports events: high performance coaching camps, conduct education courses and coaching of private academies.

Kirsten who played in Kenya for South Africa was India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011. He played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004, mainly as an opening batsman.

Above, top: Gary Kirsten the great South African batsman who coached India to a cricket World Cup coming to Kenya to spearhead development programmes

Above, top: Gary Kirsten the great South African batsman who coached India to a cricket World Cup coming to Kenya to spearhead development programmes

A Kenyan sports development company Star Field Sports has formed the strategic partnership with Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) of South Africa to spur the development of cricket in the East African region.

The company said Kirsten’s vision is to run an internationally renowned cricket services business to develop the game and help spread his coaching legacy globally. His state-of-the-art facility in Centurion, Gauteng Province provides coaching for cricketers from around the world.

Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, Director of Star Field Sports, Karan Kaul said: “We believe this partnership will double down on the strengths of each organisation – Gary Kirsten Cricket’s expertise, experience and reputation combined with Star Field’s market knowledge, work ethic and drive is a perfect fit to take over the East African market and develop the game of Cricket.”

Above and below: Kirsten at work as a coach and development advisor

Above and below: Kirsten at work as a coach and development advisor

The partnership with Star Field Sports in Kenya will aim to support cricket development, starting in April 2019 with a High-Performance Camp and Coach Education Workshop run by GKC at the Nairobi Gymkhana. The camp is open to both professional cricketers in East Africa and young aspiring cricketers. Kirsten’s foray into East Africa is a first for his organisation.

Star Field has in the past, organized highly successful Youth Cricket Tournaments that attract players from East Africa, India and South Africa – the most recent of which was the Hayer One Starfield Youth League in August 2018.

Coaching youngsters at Nairobi Gymkhana ground

Coaching youngsters at Nairobi Gymkhana ground

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