Hesson signs two-year contract extension

"Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world"

“Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world”

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New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him with the Blackcaps until April 2017.

Hesson’s original contract was set to expire in April next year, which is just after the World Cup. However,¬†after having beaten the West Indies and India at home and then the West Indies once again in the Caribbean, Hesson has earned himself an extra two years with the national team.

New Zealand’s last ODI series, which came against India, was also a major success as they thrashed the men in blue 4-0.

“It’s great news for the players and for the sport to have consistency in this role for our flagship team for nearly five years,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said. “Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world. His selections have also earned praise from some of the greats of the game.

“How the team performed at home over the summer against both the West Indies and India showed that both Mike and [captain] Brendon [McCullum] have built a side capable of knocking over anyone on their day.”

Hesson was appointed as New Zealand’s head coach after coaching Kenya and spending six years with Otago.

“It’s a really exciting time for the sport with the World Cup at home,” Hesson said. “Our senior players are performing well and a promising group of youngsters are all fighting for World Cup spots.”

Hesson’s next assignment will be the national team’s tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they will play Pakistan from November 11 till December 19.

According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), New Zealand and Pakistan will play three Tests, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Following the Test series will be the two Twenty20 Internationals in Dubai and finally there is the five-match ODI series. Dubai will host the first ODI, while the second and third will he held in Abu Dhabi and the fourth and fifth one will take place in Sharjah.

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