New Zealand coach extend contract till 2019 World Cup

Pavan Suresh / 26 May 2016
New Zealand coach extend contract till 2019 World Cup

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson contract has been extended till the 2019 World Cup in England.

After taking the role of coaching in 2012, there has been a big improvement in New Zealand style of cricket. At the moment, they are number 1 in T20 rankings, second in One-day internationals and 5th in test matches.

“Mike’s the most successful coach in New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we’ve ever had,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a statement.

“To have him committed to the (team) until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned.”

“This is very positive in terms of our succession planning, our preparation for the major events on the horizon and, not least, general team stability,” White said.

“It was really important for us to retain the intellectual property and institutional knowledge that these people have developed.”

For the first time New Zealand reached the finals of 50 over’s World Cup in 2015 and also the semi-finals of ICC World T20 World Cup in March this year. The New Zealand has been undefeated in seven test series home and away from 2013 to 2015.

Brendon McCullum has retired from all forms of cricket this year and Kane Willamson now will lead New Zealand in all three formats.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of the Black Caps culture and I feel lucky to be able to contribute to that for a little bit longer,” Hesson said.

“We have a new leader in Kane which will bring some changes and that’s something to be excited by too.

New Zealand will play their next series is the tour of South Africa in July and August. They will play two tests each against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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