ECB overlooking Gary Kirsten is incredibly bizarre, says Michael Vaughan

Vishal Mehra

Vishal Mehra

Author| May 14, 3:21 PM

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Brendon McCullum's appointment as England's men's Test head coach has been commended by former and current cricketers alike. But, always on the lookout to give his uncomplicated opinion on social media, Michael Vaughan has called this move by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) incredibly bizarre.

Vaughan found it surprising that former South African Gary Kirsten was not considered for the post. 

"England's bold appointment of Brendon McCullum makes me nervous. If English cricket has overlooked someone like Gary Kirsten for a second time, I do find it incredibly bizarre. I don't see how we have made that call twice.", Vaughan explained in his column.

The African opener was India's head coach when they lifted the 2011 World Cup trophy under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After that, he went to coach South Africa from 2011 to 2013.

The Ashes-winning skipper said that the Kiwi's appointment was a risk and that his inexperience at the top level could come as a backlash.

"He (McCullum) is the perfect mentor, thinker and culture driver who has done it before and has the t-shirt. What England have gone for in Brendon is exciting and a big name, but it is a big risk as well. He is taking over England at the right time. They are at their lowest ebb since the mid-1990s."

Vaughan's views carry a lot of weight as McCullum has only coached T20 franchises so far.

The former England captain explained that if McCullum does not produce results swiftly, the ECB will have to answer many questions in the future.

"He will not have to do much for us all to see a massive improvement, but if it doesn't happen quickly, then there will be questions asked about his appointment and whether England would have been better off with a safer pair of hands, more experienced and know how to coach in Test cricket. But one thing is for sure, we are in for an interesting ride," he concluded.

  • Brendon McCullum
  • Gary Kirsten
  • Michael Vaughan
  • ENG

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