Wright will step down as New Zealand coach after the team play the West Indies
New Zealand coach, John Wright has chosen to step down after refusing to sign a contract extension with the national side, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White announced.
Wright, will be leaving his post after the national squad play against the West Indies in an upcoming tour.
Through a statement, White said: “John has been an outstanding servant for cricket in New Zealand over a long time and it is disappointing to lose someone of his calibre, we were keen to see him continue his head coach role, however understand and respect his decision to look for another challenge.”
Wright, who is a former opening batsman, coached the Indian national squad before taking up a stint with New Zealand, where he took the team from the brink of collapse to the semi-finals of the World Cup last year, and even guided them to a rare Test win over Australia at Hobart.
The statement gave no reason of Wright’s decision to step down, but rumours have been circulating that he and John Buchanan, who was appointed NZC’s director of cricket in April last year, were not getting along with each other.
“I appreciate the offer to extend my contract but after much consideration I feel it’s the right time to move on and look at other opportunities,” Wright said in the statement.
The New Zealand Cricket Board have not announced who will be replacing Wright as the national team’s coach.
“We are keen to fill this critical role as soon aspossible but are conscious that we need to take the time to find the right candidate who can take us through to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup,” White said.