Craig McMillan to quit after World Cup

Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan, who is currently the batting coach of New Zealand is set to quit after the World Cup.

McMillan to quit
McMillan was appointed as batting coach back in 2014 and because of a packed international schedule, he has decided to step down from the role.

McMillan said in an interview on Monday –

“I spoke to the family because they are the ones that have had to make a lot of sacrifices over the last five years, just with the amount of cricket in this day and age. It just gets more and more every year. And I sort of knew within myself that it was time for a change for me.”

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The batting coach also said that it was a  privilege to work with players of the calibre of Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum.

“To be involved in such an incredible World Cup on home soil and see the way the country embraced the team was really special. It’s been a privilege to be able to work with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor day-in and day-out. And  to see the records they’ve accomplished has been very satisfying; as has the development of younger players like Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls.”

Meanwhile, skipper Kane Williamson also appreciated his batting coach and insisted that the players will miss him.

“Macca has a huge passion for the game and he’s constantly trying to challenge players to get better. He has a lot of cricket knowledge and will certainly be missed by the group, although maybe his fielding warm-ups on those cold mornings won’t be.”

McMillan’s replacement is likely to be announced after the end of the World Cup.