New Zealand news May 26, 2016

Hesson signs on until after 2019 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand have extended Mike Hesson's contract as head coach until after the 2019 World Cup © Getty Images

New Zealand have retained the services of head coach Mike Hesson, batting coach Craig McMillan, manager Mike Sandle, and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson. All four have signed contracts that extend until after the 2019 World Cup.

NZC chief executive David White welcomed the development.

"This is very positive in terms of our succession planning, our preparation for the major events on the horizon and, not least, general team stability," White said. "It was really important for us to retain the intellectual property and institutional knowledge that these people have developed."

White had words of high praise for Hesson, who has held the head coach role since July 2012.

"Mike's the most successful coach in New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we've ever had," he said. "To have him committed to the Black Caps until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned."

Hesson called it a "privilege" to coach New Zealand.

"Being around a group which works together and is striving to head in the same direction is extremely rewarding," he said. "It's a privilege to be a part of the Black Caps culture and I feel lucky to be able to contribute to that for a little bit longer."

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  • jared on May 27, 2016, 10:34 GMT

    great news, we need him to continue his good work, he seems to be able to get the best out of young players coming into the team. nzc would do well to find him a deputy that could learn from hesson so this successfull enviroment he's creating can continue after he decides to give it up cause the job would be his as long as he wanted it with the way he's turned this team around, not sure mcmillian would fit the bill but who knows, i doubted hessons credentials when he first came on the scene too. People are a bit worried about the post McCullum era like our team will go backwards now but im of the opinion that the talent coming through our domestic scene has never been stronger and seem to make the jump to internationals alot easier than players in the past and the post McCullum era could be even more successfull. @ AALEEKAN i doubt the selectors will ignore glenn phillips from auckland for too long looks an amazing opening batting talent.

  • ashokk9629238 on May 26, 2016, 7:57 GMT

    good news for the kiwi cricket.

  • Aalee on May 26, 2016, 7:56 GMT

    Hesson deaerves an extension. The post McCullum era will be a challenge lest the adventure is lost.NZ selection needs to include Auckland whose talent is studiously ignored untill individuals move South .

  • i.am.t1921970 on May 26, 2016, 5:13 GMT

    Mike is a great coach because he has no agenda other than wanting the team to do well. He gave guys like Rutherford and Fulton extended runs (Rutherford probably a little too long) to prove their worth, and he's giving Guptill every chance to state his claim as a test opener.

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