A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Mike Hesson becomes new New Zealand coach

Hesson has coached in New Zealand before

Former Kenya coach Mike Hesson has been named as the new head coach of the New Zealand national team after his predecessor John Wright resigned.

Hesson quit as coach of Kenya due to a growing number of security concerns.

With Hesson taking a shot at coaching the Black Caps, many cricket pundits are interested in seeing what he can do to help turn the team’s fortunes around.

Hesson is also the fifth coach New Zealand have hired in the past four years.

Welcoming Hesson to the Black Caps family, New Zealand director of cricket, John Buchanan said: “He will bring a freshness and new energy to the side, and we know he is more than capable of developing and growing the team as we work towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.”

Before Hesson coached Kenya, he was a very successful provincial coach in New Zealand, and even coached the New Zealand A squad for a while.

Hesson signed a two year coaching contract while in Kenya, but quit the job after 10 months, after “a number of security issues” had affected him and his family.

He became one of the leading candidates after Australia’s Tom Moody and South Africa’s Paddy Upton refused to go through the interview process.

Wright refused to extend his contract with New Zealand after becoming coach in December 2010, with his predecessors John Bracewell, Andy Moles and Mark Greatbatch all failing to accomplish much over the previous two years.

When being informed about the decision, Hesson stated that it was “an honour and a privilege” to be chosen.

“I am passionate about cricket in New Zealand and doing the best job I can for the players and the fans of cricket in this country, my coaching philosophy is essentially built around setting world-class standards to produce excellence and that’s what I intend to do with the Black Caps,” Hesson added.

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