SA cricket strong - Kirsten

Proteas coach Gary Kirsten wants to spend more time with his family.

Proteas coach Gary Kirsten and captain Graeme Smith. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The need to spend more time with his family is just one of the reasons why Proteas coach Gary Kirsten won't continue with his job.

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) board on Friday revealed that Kirsten will not renew his two-year contract.

He will leave the Proteas after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

The Proteas have reached new heights under Kirsten's guidance.

In Test cricket, South Africa won series against England, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

Kirsten is confident that he leaves South African cricket in capable hands.

"I like to think that the senior player base is very strong in South African cricket. I will miss the team and players; we became very close and I'll miss the camaraderie."

Kirsten said juggling his responsibilities as coach and family responsibilities have always been in the back of his mind.

"One of my primary objectives was to facilitate in growing people. Right from the outset of my contract, it was a concern of how I was going to manage spending time away from my family.

To download the full CSA statement click here.