- Evergreen Imran Tahir spins on in IPL
- Gary Kirsten wants to bowl out covid
Imran Tahir may be well into his 40s, and Gary Kirsten may have left the oval a long time ago, but the two South Africa veterans of the gentlemen’s game still have so much to offer to cricket.
Tahir will be the oldest player in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), the most lucrative tournament in Twenty20 cricket, where he turns out for the Chennai Super Kings.
Former South Africa coach Kirsten, on the other hand, has designed an online cricket coaching programme called CoachED.
In the sub-continent, the IPL roared into life last weekend with 41-year-old Tahir looking to replicate his 2019 exploits that saw him emerging the highest wicket-taker (Purple Cap) with 26 scalps in 17 games at an economy of just 6.69.
Interestingly, one of the players tipped to challenge Tahir for the Purple Cap is another South African, Kagiso Rabada, who finished last season with 25 in only 12 matches for the Delhi Capitals.
Other South Africans expected to make a mark in the 2020 IPL include JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris, who are all at Chennai Super Kings with Tahir; as well as AB de Villiers, David Wiese and Marchant de Lange, who plays for reigning champions Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, Kirsten’s CoachED programme is being described as a unique online global course aimed at educating and assisting cricket coaches.
Kirsten - who also coached India to World Cup glory in 2011 – said: “It’s an on online coach education platform. The intention behind it just to create an opportunity for coaches who aspire to become better coaches, that they have access to a body of information that allows them to up-skill and become better. I think there are many barriers to entry when you want to become upskilled as a coach around the world.”
Kirsten played 101 Tests and 185 ODIs for South Africa, and now wants to deepen coaching.
“The coached platform runs over three products which is a library. It’s 11 modules then there’s the basic accreditation, which then is the follow-on from the library. The third product is the elite accreditation, which is a platform for guys that really are aspiring to become top coaches. It’s a 12-week course.
“There’s a lot of interaction in the course with a lot of fantastic guest coaches that we’ve interviewed that provide information for us,” added Kirsten
While it has a global footprint, CoachED also incorporates coaches from all over South Africa.
“We signed up as many township coaches as we could we got our hands on 80 or 90 coaches and it’s great to see some of them on the platform.”
Reporting by Joe Machingura in Cape Town & Colleta Dewa in Johanesburg