AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
WELLINGTON: New Zealand coach John Wright will step down from the national side in August after rejecting an offer to extend his contract, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White said today.
In a move White described as “disappointing”, he said Wright will leave the Black Caps after the West Indies tour. “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,” White said in a statement. “We were keen to see him continue his role, however understand and respect his decision to look for another challenge.”
A gritty former opening batsman and one-time India coach, Wright guided Kiwis to semi-finals of last year’s World Cup. The statement gave no reason for his departure, though he has reportedly had a tense relation with Australian John Buchanan, who was appointed NZC’s director of cricket last year.