New Zealand Appoint Lees As Interim Coach

New Zealand Women warm up
Lees will coach the side through the series against the West Indies and the ICC Women's World Twenty20

Former international player and coach Warren Lees has been appointed interim coach of New Zealand Women.

Katrina Keenan stood down as coach earlier this month and Lees will take charge during a busy period for the White Ferns.

They host the West Indies for three One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals beginning in February before heading to Bangladesh for the ICC Women's Twenty20 in March.

Wicket-keeper Lees played 21 Tests and 37 ODIs for New Zealand between 1976 and 1983, going on to coach Otago from 1989 and then New Zealand from 1990.

He will combine international coaching duties with his current role with Otago Women.

"We're thrilled that Warren has come on board through to the end of the World Twenty20, in what is a busy time for the White Ferns," Lindsay Crocker, New Zealand Cricket Head of Cricket Operations, said.

"Having spent time as both an international player and coach, Warren brings years of knowledge and experience to the role, which is difficult to find.

"He knows what is required and is passionate about the game – he’s got all the right attributes and we’re confident he’ll do a fantastic job."

Lees' contract will run until 30th April.

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