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Mike Hesson will step down from his position as New Zealand’s head coach on July 31, saying that he is unsure whether he can stay committed to the role for another 12 months.
Hesson was appointed head coach back in July 2012 and will hold the record as being the country’s longest serving coach.
Delving deeper into why he made the decision to step down, even though his contract expires at the end of the 2019 World Cup, Hesson, as quoted by New Zealand Cricket’s website, said: “This job requires 100 percent commitment and is all consuming. I know what’s required over the next 12 months, but if I’m honest, I don’t feel I have the capacity to give the job what it deserves.
“NZC, in particular David White and the board, have given me incredible support, including flexibility and options. But the idea of missing a match, a tour or a format, as has been proposed at different times, has never sat well with me.”
Hesson also expressed his gratitude to his family, the players and support staff for everything they have done.
“I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without acknowledging my wife Kate and our daughters Holly and Charlie, who have sacrificed so much for me over the past six years,” he said. “And I just want to place on record my gratitude to all the players and support staff.
“I love the team and have great hopes about what they will be able to achieve. I’ll always be a supporter.”
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White revealed that he tried to convince Hesson to stay on for another 12 months, but to no avail.
“I tried to persuade him to stay on for another 12 months but his mind was made up,” White said. “We understand his position.
“Mike has overseen one of NZC’s most successful periods of international cricket, he’s more than realised the potential we saw in him back in 2012, and has grown into one of the most respected coaches on the international circuit.
“At the same time, he’s carried a torch for coaches in all sports, demonstrating through his success that top-level coaching is not exclusively or necessarily the domain of former star players.”
White added that the process to find Hesson’s successor will begin soon.
“The recruitment process will commence shortly. We have a resourceful and well-respected captain; the leadership team within the squad is strong, and the support staff is very experienced,” he said. “We think it’s important the successful candidate or candidates complement(s) the existing environment.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and former skipper Brendon McCullum paid tribute to Hesson.
“Mike exemplified the “team-first” attitude he himself talked about and left no stone unturned in terms of leading the side to success,” Williamson said. “I’ve witnessed his work-ethic first-hand and have seen the sacrifices he’s made, and I can only say I have the utmost respect for what he’s achieved.”
McCullum added: “We remember the 2015 World Cup as a great time for New Zealand and Mike should be recognised for the huge part he played in that.
“His meticulous planning and eye for detail gave us our best chance of success and he can be proud of what he helped the team achieve.
“Personally, I regard him as the best coach the Black Caps have ever had.”