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Gary Kirsten's Pakistan reign to begin against England after Gujarat Titans' IPL elimination

Gary Kirsten will begin his tenure as Pakistan's white-ball coach against England next week after his IPL team, Gujarat Titans, was eliminated before the play-offs.

Kirsten, who was closely considered for the England job in 2018 and again in 2022, was appointed last month alongside new Test team coach Jason Gillespie.

The South African is currently with Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but, with the franchise unable to reach the knockout stages, it has now been confirmed he will link up with the side ahead of a the four-match T20 series which begins at Headingley next Wednesday.

Kirsten, who has previously coached the Proteas and India and had an unsuccessful stint in charge of Welsh Fire in The Hundred, arrives in Leeds at the weekend to formally start work.

"I'm truly excited to embark on this new journey with the Pakistan men's cricket team. It's an honor to coach such a talented and dynamic team, and I'm eager to contribute to their success on the international stage," he said.

"These are indeed thrilling times for Pakistan cricket, with a new administration and players who are driven to deliver solid results. 

"The upcoming ICC men's T20 World Cup 2024 presents a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our skills and uphold Pakistan’s legacy as a formidable force in cricket.

"However, success will require collective effort, meticulous planning and unwavering support for one another. With 19 other teams vying for the title, we must consistently outperform our rivals to realise our aspirations.

"On a personal level, I’ve missed the experience of coaching at the international level and nurturing talented players to reach their full potential. 

"I'm committed to working closely with the team to elevate their game and bring joy to fans around the world."

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