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May 10, 2013 at 04:09pm IST

Kirsten decides not to continue with South Africa

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa says national coach Gary Kirsten has decided not to renew his contract and will leave his role this year. CSA made the announcement on Friday.

The former batsman led South Africa to the top of the Test rankings after his appointment on a two-year contract in August 2011. CSA says Kirsten informed the board he'll be leaving and cited "family reasons" for his decision.

Kirsten has a young family and has often taken time out from his cricket duties to be with his wife and children. He coached India to the World Cup title in 2011 before returning to his home country.

Kirsten decides not to continue with South Africa

Cricket South Africa says Gary Kirsten has decided not to renew his contract and will leave his role this year.

Kirsten thanked CSA for allowing him "flexibility" in his role over the last two years.

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