Kirsten's stint may be over after World Cup, indicates Dhoni

The former South African batsman’s contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India ends with the World Cup, and there has been speculation that Kirsten might return to the country of his birth, what with Cricket South Africa desperate to rein him in as coach.

Dhoni was asked how keen the Indian team was to retain Kirsten’s services. “Very keen, of course, he has been part of the Indian team for the last three years. (But his sons) Joshua is a growing kid and James is a young kid, which means Gary wants to spend time with his family. That will be the most crucial thing, apart from the money aspect. He has given whatever he could, the best he could, and it was a pleasure to have him in the side, but then again it is a decision he will have to take. More than the cricketing part, it will be his family that will have a real impact on the decision.”

Embracing coyness when questioned if Kirsten had revealed his future plans to the team, Dhoni remarked, “It’s a discussion that will take place. We will wait for the right time. After this series, we have the World Cup coming, which means another two-and-a-half months with us. We will try to get the most out of him but as I have always said, it will be a pleasure to have him for another three years.”

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