Kiwi Mike Hesson quits as Kenya cricket coach

Adds intrigue to Black Caps search

Last updated 08:23 08/05/2012
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Mike Hesson has quit as coach of the Kenyan national cricket team, opening the way for him to enter the Black Caps coaching race.

The respected former Otago coach pulled the pin on Kenya just 10 months into his two-year contract, citing security concerns.

Having taken over from West Indian Eldine Baptiste in July last year, Hesson said he was giving up the role "due to a number of security issues" that have affected his family.

"It is a very difficult decision we as a family have had to make but sadly we have been directly and indirectly affected by a number of security related incidents in recent weeks and my family has to come first," said Hesson, a father of two young daughters.

"I want to stress that this has absolutely nothing to do with the issues relating to my role as national coach and is not cricket related in any way. This is purely a decision about the safety of my family and quality of life.

"While arrangements are being made for my wife and children to return to New Zealand as soon as possible, I will remain behind to  complete any imminent national team engagements."

The 37-year-old New Zealander will be in charge when Kenya hosts Namibia in a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup qualifier next month, which will also include two one-day internationals and two unofficial Twenty20 matches.

Hesson was interested in roles as both a manager and selector with the New Zealand national team last year but a lack of communication from the national body on where they saw him fitting in, if at all, led to him taking up an offer to coach Kenya.

With current New Zealand coach John Wright stepping down in August, Hesson's name will come into the mix, if not as the head coach then in some other coaching capacity with New Zealand Cricket exploring the idea of having specialist coaches in different forms of the game.

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