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

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  • Cupid on May 28, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    HaHaHa ... Javed Miandad & John Buchanan ... What a pair ... One goes by emotion and guts, while the other goes by number and charts ... Two highly contrasting characters ... Going by the recent years success in domestic cricket, I would prefer Grant Bradburn, not sure Buchanan will even think about him.

  • neeraj on May 26, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    YOu gotta be kidding Javed Miandad.what a joke

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    What about Tom Nicalson he is depty to Buchanan in Australian Team so he can handle him well

  • Ryan on May 26, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    As much as I would like it to be Fleming, it will not happen. It is still too early for him and he has said that he will not coach players he played with. This means it will be another 5-10 years before he is back at the helm. From what I understand Steve Rixon could be available. I'm not sure how well he gets on with Buchanon but he is Australian which gives him an inside track seeing how NZ cricket is run by Australians. I wouldn't mind if he got the job because when he was in charge we had a lot of success.

  • Peter on May 25, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Fleming wont do it.. he had taken too much pain as NZ captain.. doing it again as coach would be suicide. Hes sitting too pretty to wreck his life now.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Mark Greatbatch is the need of the hour for Kiwis.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Fleming is the best choice for the Coach he know the Asian Conditions well as he already coached the Super King

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    New Zealand should ask Javed Miandad to become their head coach, or Azhar Abass which is already coaching the auckland acess.

  • Sriram on May 25, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Fleming, the CSK coach is smart though might not take up the job, coz he knows that he gets paid more in 2 months of coaching than a year with Black caps. IPL pays more, allows him to stay with cricket, yet pursue his career elsewehre. I can also see someone like Trevor Bayliss who has been recently associated with McCullum and the fact he is an aussie will get along well with Buchanan.

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