Gary Kirsten, India’s coach, will not be available for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo after he was granted leave by the BCCI to travel to South Africa to be with his mother, who is critically ill. An interim replacement has not been sought yet.
His departure means that India will be without a coach during their match with Sri Lanka in Colombo on Aug 8.
Last December, Kirsten signed a two-year deal to coach India effective March 2008. While he was with the team as a consultant for the last two Tests in Australia, his first assignment as coach was the three-Test series against South Africa, which was drawn 1-1.
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