Keenan Stands Down As White Ferns Coach

New Zealand players warm up
New Zealand Women will have a new coach by the time they take on the West Indies in February

Katrina Keenan has stood down as coach of the New Zealand Women's team - known as the White Ferns - to spend more time with her family.

Keenan, a World Cup-winning fast bowler with the White Ferns in 2000, took over the role of head coach in November 2012, after the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

She has now resigned to spend more time with her young family, giving New Zealand Cricket time to find a successor ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March and a home series against the West Indies which begins in February.

Under Keenan's command, New Zealand lost 4-3 in the multi-format Rose Bowl series against Australia in January, then headed to the World Cup, where they finished in fourth place in India.

They then toured the West Indies in October, winning the first One-Day International by one run before losing the two remaining matches and then failed to reach the final of the Twenty20 International tri-series that also included England.

"Katrina was a top operator," NZC's Lindsay Crocker said.

"She knew the demands of high level sport as a former World Cup winner and was incredibly driven in her plans to lift the White Ferns in the rankings.

"We will now start to work through the appointment process for Katrina’s replacement."

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