Gary Stead indicators on for three extra years as New Zealand coach

Wellington, September 2

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has been granted a three-year contract extension which can enable him to steer the Black Caps by means of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

The board of New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday permitted the extension which additionally takes within the T20 World Cups in India subsequent yr and in Australia in 2022.

Stead was appointed on a two year-deal when he took over from Mike Hesson, who stepped down after six years in 2018.

He guided New Zealand to the 2019 World Cup last, which was tied after the regulation overs and a Super Over earlier than England was declared champion on a boundary rely.

In a press release Wednesday, Stead stated he was “appreciative of the backing I have enjoyed from the players, the support staff and NZ Cricket and I hope I can repay that confidence”.

“I think this group of players is growing as a team. There is an exciting schedule ahead of us and I know everyone is feeling very optimistic about our chances in all three formats.”     

The New Zealand crew hasn’t performed a match in virtually six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its future schedule is unsure.

New Zealand Cricket is near confirming a schedule which might see the Blacks Caps play 37 days of worldwide cricket at residence subsequent summer time. That would come with two Tests and three T20Is in opposition to the West Indies, the identical in opposition to Pakistan, 5 T20s in opposition to Australia and three T20Is and three ODIs once more Bangladesh.

All 4 nations have agreed to tour, and the West Indies are as a consequence of arrive in late November. However, these collection stay contingent on the course of the coronavirus pandemic. AP

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