Mike Hesson has resigned as New Zealand coach after six-year stay with the team ahead of the 2019 World Cup. The 43-year-old has been a part of Blackcaps’s successes during his stint.
Hesson announced his resignation at a press conference on Thursday. A New Zealand Cricket stated that he wanted a break from international cricket to give more time to his wife and children.
“I guess you could probably tell from the way I read my statement that it means a lot to me,” said Hesson. “The role and the relationships you build over time, you can’t just cut them, they’re ones that I’ll have forever and they’ll certainly mean a lot to me, and it’s been a huge six years of my life.”
Hesson took the coaching role in August 2012. Since then, New Zealand have won 116 games out of 231 international matches. The Kiwis got through to the World Cup final for the first time under his guidance in 2015.
First away series win against South Africa, World T20 semi-finals (2016), 13 consecutive wins in 2017-18 season and first Test series over over England in 19 years are highlights of Hesson’s role.
“Every experience you get, good or bad, challenging or great, they do evolve you and I’m certainly a different coach than I was six years ago. I’m a better coach now than I was six years ago, and I’m probably a more inclusive coach than I was six years ago.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. You win games, you lose some, but it’s more the people you meet, that’s the bit that will stick with me,” he added.
Under Hesson, New Zealand toured Bangladesh in 2013. The two Tests were drawn and the ODI series was clean swept by the hosts while the tourists could only manage win in one-off T20I. In Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand in 2016-17, the Tigers lost all the matches in the tour.
New Zealand have a long break in international cricket before their away tour to play Pakistan in October. They will host Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh in next summer ahead of World Cup.