Mike Hesson extends New Zealand contract until after 2019 Cricket World Cup
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed that the Black Caps head coach Mike Hesson has extended his contract and will now serve the team until after 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Along with Hesson, batting coach Craig McMillan, strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson and manager Mike Sandle have all extended their contracts till the showpiece event in 2019.
The CEO of NZC David White has termed the news as “very positive” and praised Hesson as the most successful coach in the history of New Zealand cricket.
“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.
“Mike’s the most successful coach in New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we’ve ever had,” he said.
“To have him committed to the Black Caps until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned.”
Hesson was named as the coach of New Zealand in the July 2012 and under his leadership, New Zealand have significantly improved their results in all the formats of the game.
Stating that it was a privilege to be a part of New Zealand cricket, Hesson also said that he is lucky to contribute to the Black Caps’ success.
“Being around a group which works together and is striving to head in the same direction is extremely rewarding,” he said.
“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.”
After the retirement of Brendon McCullum, New Zealand will head into a new era under Kane Williamson and Hesson is excited to take part in the journey along with the 25-year-old.
“We have a new leader in Kane which will bring some changes and that’s something to be excited by, too.
“Kane has his own style and philosophy, but it’s also important that he has the support which allows him and the team to thrive.”
New Zealand’s upcoming international assignment is the tour of Africa, where they will play two Test matches each against Zimbabwe and South Africa in July and August.
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