New Zealand news May 25, 2012

New Zealand to name new coach by end of July

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has said that the board aims to find a replacement for head coach John Wright by the end of July. The board met in Auckland on Friday to discuss the process and timeline for recruiting Wright's successor.

"We want the best person for the job and will not limit our search for the right candidate,'' White said. "We are aiming to have the new head coach in place by the end of July but will not be drawn into making self-imposed deadlines.''

White said the position will be publicly advertised in the coming weeks and that the best candidate will be appointed, regardless of his nationality. "The key responsibilities for the head coach will be to manage the support staff, prepare the team for international cricket and, along with the captain, be responsible for performance of the team," White told Fairfax NZ News.

Earlier this month, John Wright, confirmed that he would step down after the tour of the West Indies in August. He cited differences with New Zealand's director of cricket, John Buchanan, as a factor that influenced his decision not to extend his contract.

Wright's decision prompted the board to announce that the demanding nature of the Future Tours Programme would mean that the workload of the support staff would be considered before making a decision on a new coach. New Zealand will tour the West Indies in June, India in August and then head to Sri Lanka for the ICC World T20 in September.

Edited by Carlyle Laurie