New Zealand news May 4, 2012

Multiple coaches a possibility for New Zealand - White

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New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has said that the possibility of multiple coaches for the national team, for the game's different formats, is being looked into. This, he said, could be an option to help New Zealand get through a hectic international schedule more effectively.

"Whilst the team is touring and playing one form of the game, you must ensure other specialists are preparing [for other assignments] as well. South Africa do that, England do that and it is something we need to look at," White told the New Zealand Herald.

The demanding nature of the Future Tours Programme until 2020, he said, meant that the workload of support staff needed to be considered before making any decision. Apart from the tour of the West Indies, in the coming year New Zealand have tours of India, Sri Lanka and South Africa, the World Twenty20, back-to-back series with England, home and away, and then the Champions Trophy.

"It's tough enough for the players, but for the coaches and support staff it is tremendously challenging for them to be away from home, on the road that long, and to have just one role when you've got three distinct forms of the game."

Earlier this week, the current New Zealand coach, John Wright, confirmed that he will not be signing a new contract following the team's tour of the Caribbean. Wright cited differences with New Zealand's director of cricket, John Buchanan, as a factor that influenced his decision not to extend his contract.

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  • Ryan on May 5, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @Gautham Brahma: You obviously haven't even taken notice of the up-coming tours for NZ and I can assure it is a packed schedule and would even go as far to say they have more cricket in the next year than any other country. In the next 11 months [from June] NZ go to West Indies [for 2 Tests 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is], India [for 2 Tests 2 T20Is], Sri Lanka [for 2 Tests 5 ODIs 1 T20I], South Africa [for 2 Tests 3 ODIs 3 T20Is], host England [for 3 Tests 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is], and then go to England [for 2 Tests and 3 ODIs] as well as the World T20 in the middle. So that totals 13 Tests, 19 ODIs and 11 T20Is [not including the World T20]. I guess you are an Indian and in the next 11 months India only play 13 Tests, 7 ODIs and 2 T20Is. If my maths is correct NZ play 21 more matches then India in the same period of time. So no it is not a joke.

  • Clayton on May 5, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I don't see any issue with having two coaches, as long as the roles are clearly defined and their methods aren't at odds...

    @Arpit Agrawal That whitewash happened close to two years ago! Let it go! It's hardly relevant. Since then the NZ side has been reinvented, made the semi finals of the ODI WC, drew a test series in Aus (India came nowhere near that) completely outclassed Zimbabwe and fought well against a superior SA.

    What has Bangladesh done?

  • Rajani on May 5, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    I am surprised that Buchanan hasn't thought of having a different coach for different days of Test matches.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    packed schedule? for the Black Caps??? What a joke!!

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Kiwis have already fallen to 8th in tests ans have lost 4-0 in odis to bangladesh.. Whats more in store after this decision?? 9th rank in both tests and odis??

  • Anoop on May 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    On a lighter note, seems Buchanan has not given up the multiple personnel idea:).

  • Anil on May 4, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Great! It is easy to see where this all is heading to. Make multiple captains, multiple trainers, multiples for specialist openers/pacers/all sorts of spinners/fielders/keepers...from a pool of as small as NZ; make multiple administrators--and hopefully multiple Directors of cricket too? Another KKR-like mess in the offing. I hope someone in NZC will have the required guts after a year or so to kick this man out and, for sure, the Black Caps will bounce back.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    obviously Buchanan wants the influence of the coach reduced next to nothing. Divide and Conquer.

    NZC is trusting a man who will decimate their cricket from within. sad day.

  • Matt on May 4, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Worst idea ever... One head coach thats it...

  • Sundararajan on May 4, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Oooohhhhhh Dear!!! This clearly is John Buchanan at work again. From multiple captains to multiple coaches !!!

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