Gary Stead reappointed as NZ head coach for three years
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has been reappointed as the head coach of the New Zealand men’s cricket team once again. His contract has been extended for another three years. The coach took over the NZ side in 2018 after the resignation of Mike Hesson.
The head coach has given the responsibility in all formats for the New Zealand side. For the next three years he will be incharge for the ICC events and after the ICC events ends, his contract will be come to an end.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be re-appointed. I think this group of players is growing as a team; there’s an exciting schedule ahead of us and I know everyone is feeling very optimistic about our chances in all three formats,” Head said in an official release.
“I’m very appreciative of the backing I’ve enjoyed from the players, the support staff, and NZC and hope I can repay that confidence by helping the BLACKCAPS achieve their goals and objectives over the next three years,” Gary Stead said.
Under the supervision of Stead New Zealand side has improved both in the longer formats and shorter version. The New Zealand side was unbeaten in the Test format during the last summer. Besides, the Blackcaps managed to get into the final but somehow they lost against England.
Besides, Under Stead, New Zealand has improved their ICC ranking in all three formats. The side is currently in second place on the ICC Test Rankings, number three in ODI cricket, and number six in T20Is.
“What was immediately clear was that Gary had overseen a particularly successful chapter in New Zealand cricket history, during which time his team had been very strong in the Test and ODI formats,” NZC chief executive David White said. “Winning an away Test series against Pakistan and a Test in Sri Lanka was a tremendous effort, as were the home Test series wins against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and India,” he concluded.