South Africa news August 21, 2009

Klusener cuts ties with ICL

Cricinfo staff

Former South Africa allrounder Lance Klusener has cut ties with the rebel Indian Cricket League to embark on a coaching career. Kwa-Zulu Natal, his home province, have nominated him for the next level three coaching course to be held at CSA's High Performance Centre in Pretoria early next month.

"It is great to have Lance Klusener back in the [Cricket South Africa] fold," Gerald Majola, the CSA chief executive, said. "He rightfully gained legendary status as a South African allrounder, and helped change the face of limited-overs cricket worldwide.

"We are particularly impressed and pleased with his decision to become a top-level coach because he still has so much to offer in bringing through the next generation."

CSA coaching manager Anton Ferreira added that other former internationals will also be attending the course. Leading coaches including Graham Ford and Gary Kirsten have graduated from the same program.

"Others include Roger Telemachus, Paul Adams and Neil Johnson and it is very encouraging that we have cricketers of this quality coming into our coaching structures," Ferreira said. "Paul has already done a lot of specialist spin bowling coaching and he is showing tremendous promise as a quality coach."

Klusener, 38, enjoyed reasonable success with the Royal Bengal Tigers in the ICL, scoring 688 runs in 24 Twenty20 games at a strike rate of 127.64 and picked up 21 wickets. He signed up with the league in 2007, effectively ending all hopes of a recall to the national team. He last played for South Africa in 2004. His crowning moment came during the 1999 World Cup, where his savage hitting won him the Player of the Tournament award.