Kirsten has commitments in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore and was recently appointed head coach of the Cardiff franchise in the Hundred. If he can be persuaded to take the England job it would at least allow the ECB to appoint an Englishman to replace him at Cardiff and ease some of the criticism of handing all the head coaches jobs in the Hundred to foreigners.
Coaching in the IPL is lucrative but with a new television rights deal kicking in next year the ECB has money to outbid any franchise league. Kirsten could net a salary of £500,000 with win bonuses attached.
Bayliss turned England down twice before finally agreeing to take over as head coach four years ago so Kirsten’s initial reluctance does not rule him out of the running. If he decides he is not interested then other candidates include Graham Ford, the vastly experienced coach of Ireland, and current England backroom coaches Chris Silverwood and Graham Thorpe.
Ford has coached Surrey giving him knowledge of the English domestic game, as well as Sri Lanka. Silverwood won the championship title with Essex and is the leading internal candidate but the England head coach job may be a step too far at this stage of his career.