New Zealand news January 29, 2010

New Zealand close to naming new coach

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand Cricket are expected shortly to name a coach as successor to Andy Moles, who resigned last October, with the board scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting on Friday. Those in contention include Darren Lehmann, who confirmed he'd been in talks with NZC, Mark Greatbatch and Jeff Crowe. However, Adam Gilchrist denied developments regarding Lehmann, the coach of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, during his commentary stint in the fourth ODI between Pakistan and Australia.

"It will be discussed at today's board meeting and I am confident an appointment will be made before the start of the Bangladesh series on Wednesday," NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan told Radio Sport..

New Zealand have not appointed any interim coach since Moles stepped down, increasing captain Daniel Vettori's responsibilities during the series against Pakistan late last year. Moles was in the job for less than a year, raising questions over whether NZC had erred during their recruitment process when appointing him as John Bracewell's successor.

Vaughan said NZC wanted to be sure the right candidate was picked this time, leading to a lengthy spell without a national coach. "Looking at some examples from international cricket in recent times, some coaching appointments have not gone well, and we had that experience as well with the departure of Andy Moles last year," he said. "I think there's been a real need to reflect on that and make sure we get this appointment right."

Lehmann, the former Australian batsman who guided the Deccan Chargers to the IPL title last season, has confirmed he is in talks with NZC for the role.