Netherlands put on a show during the qualifiers for the T20 World Cup in Australia, alongside Zimbabwe. In a need to further strengthen their backroom staff, the European country have added two notable names – Gary Kirsten and Dan Christian – to their coaching staff.
While Kirsten was previously associated with a title-winning campaign for India back in 2011, Christian has been a stalwart in the shortest format. Both have closely worked in the Big Bash League, knowing the conditions Down Under pretty well.
“I’ve had a great couple of weeks getting to know the guys, and I’ve been extremely impressed with everyone’s work ethic at practice! I’m looking forward to seeing them have some well-deserved success on the field,” said Dan Christian, on being added to the backroom staff of the Dutch national team.
Ryan Cook, the coach of the setup, already insisted that the Australian all-rounder has added great benefit to the setup.
“I am confident that the addition of Dan to the coaching group will be of great benefit to the players and staff. His positive manner around the group and his vast all-round experience has already had a great influence on the group and we look forward to continuing the work with him.”
It is not the first time that Kirsten has worked with the Netherlands national team, previously been part of the setup back in 2021, during the Super League series against Ireland. Since then, Kirsten has also worked with Gujarat Titans in their title-winning campaign in 2022.
“I really enjoyed working with the Dutch Team in Cape Town and I look forward to joining them as a consultant in the T20 World Cup. I was impressed with the level of skill and professionalism during the camp. They will be ready and determined to make an big impact at the T20 World Cup,” Kirsten said.
Cook was equally impressed with the inclusion of Kirsten, adding that his experience and knowledge is invaluable, and will help the team in leaps and bounds during the global event in Australia.
“Gary brings incredible experience and knowledge to both players and support staff which will be a great asset for the team during the tournament.”