Ace batsman Kane Williamson is the front runner to lead New Zealand in all forms of the game post skipper Brendon McCullum’s retirement from international cricket. McCullum, who played his last international game recently against Australia, had hinted that Williamson would be his likely successor. Williamson has already been named as New Zealand’s captain for the ICC World T20 in India.

Mike Hesson, coach of the Blackcaps, in his latest interaction, though, did not clearly state if Williamson was bound to lead New Zealand. Rather, Hesson said that the team was preparing for the World T20 in India, and the debate for the captaincy could come later. “I don’t think that’s fair on Kane. It’s something we won’t look at until after the T20. I think the focus has very much been Brendon going out,” Hesson said.

With New Zealand’s next test assignment still almost 4 months away, Hesson reiterated that his team was focused solely on the shorter formats. “All the players are very keen not to get involved in a captaincy debate,” Hesson added. “The main problem with captaincy is people get into a debate and it becomes one person against another, which is certainly not how this team operates,” Hesson said.

A few months ago, when Williamson led New Zealand in McCullum’s absence, the latter praised Williamson for his leadership. “I thought Kane did an outstanding job as captain,” McCullum had said. “You’re pretty proud when you step back and see that the team still has the same strong values that you tried to instill within the group over the period of time.”

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