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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