Kirsten excited for IPL role

Former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten says he is very excited to turn his attention to franchise cricket.

Former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gary Kirsten on Wednesday told EWN Sport he is very excited to turn his attention to franchise cricket.

On Tuesday, he was named as the new head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Daredevils.

In May, Kirsten announced his intention to step down as coach of the Proteas at the end of his contract in August.

He cited family reasons for not extending his contract.

Kirsten says his new role is a good opportunity for him, saying it's also a new territory for him in many ways.

The 45-year-old says his new role still allows him plenty of time to spend with his wife and children.

"This opportunity really fits in nicely with my family demands and it certainly gives me more time at home, which I enjoy."

Kirsten says the opportunity just landed in his lap.

"I didn't go looking for it, I just really wanted to see what was going to happen. There are a couple of other business interests that I have. It sort of arrived on my doorstep.

"It was something that I always wanted to do at some point. I look forward to that challenge and working with the owners of the franchise."