New Black Caps coach expected by late July

Last updated 17:07 25/05/2012

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New Zealand Cricket expects to have John Wright's replacement as Black Caps coach signed up by the end of July.

CEO David White met with the NZC board in Auckland this afternoon to discuss the process and timeline for recruiting a new national coach.

Wright will vacate the job after the side's tour to the West Indies, which starts in Florida on June 30. He was offered a contract extension which would have taken him through until the end of the 2015 World Cup but opted to step aside instead.

It is expected his replacement will be unveiled in time to take the Black Caps to India at the end of August.

The new head coach will report to NZC director of cricket John Buchanan and White said the make-up of the team's support staff would be determined once an appointment had been completed.

"First and foremost we want the best person for the job and will not limit our search for the right candidate," he said.

"The key responsibilities for the head coach will be to manage the Black Caps' support staff, prepare the Black Caps for international cricket and, along with the captain, be responsible for performance of the team. 

 "The position will be publicly advertised in the coming weeks. 

"We are aiming to have the new head coach in place by the end of July but will not be drawn into making self-imposed deadlines as we search for the right candidate."

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