New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have handed a new three-year contract to Black Caps head coach Gary Stead. The head coach, who had replaced Mike Hesson for the post in 2018, will now remain with the team until the 2023 World Cup in India.
He had taken charge of the team just 11 months before the 2019 World Cup and has done a really good job so far. In his maiden ICC tournament, Gary Stead guided New Zealand to the final where they lost to England. New Zealand had lost the game on the boundary count rule. Kane Williamson & Co. have enjoyed decent results under their current coach.
In the last couple of years, they have beaten India and England in Test series at home while winning away from home against Pakistan in addition to drawing the series in Sri Lanka. They are currently ranked ranked No. 2 in Test cricket, No. 3 in ODIs and 6th in T20Is and sit 4th in the ICC Test Championship.
The reappointment has also ended the recent reports of a rift between Gary Stead and captain Williamson. Recently, both of them played down the rift rumours and stated that it was simply a difference of opinion and vowed to work together.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be re-appointed,” Gary Stead said. “I think this group of players is growing as a team; there’s an exciting schedule ahead of us and I know everyone is feeling very optimistic about our chances in all three formats.
“I’m very appreciative of the backing I’ve enjoyed from the players, the support staff and NZC and hope I can repay that confidence by helping the Blackcaps achieve their goals and objectives over the next three years,” he added.
Gary Stead’s new tenure will start with the upcoming home season where they are set to host West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.