Vettori appointment raises Black Caps doubts

07:59, Jan 10 2014
Daniel Vettori
ALL OVER? Daniel Vettori has been appointed the head coach of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, raising doubts about his future with the Black Caps.

Daniel Vettori has been appointed the head coach of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, raising further doubt about his New Zealand playing future.

The 34-year-old spinner hasn't played for New Zealand since June 2013 and has been unavailable for national selection after recovering from Achilles tendon surgery.

He is currently playing for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

Vettori, who has played for Bangalore since 2011, replaces South African Ray Jennings as head coach, with another South African, fast bowling great Allan Donald, signing on as the new bowling coach.

Australian Trent Woodhill - like Donald a former Black Caps assistant coach - will look after fielding and batting.

Bangalore also announced that captain Virat Kohli and star players Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers would stay with the franchise.

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"Having been closely associated with RCB for the last 3 years, I'm very excited by the opportunity to work with this exceptional brand and Virat in delivering on RCB's true potential," Vettori said in a Bangalore release.

"My first area of focus will be to work closely with management in developing team composition strategy for the IPL auction."

The New Zealand selectors have unsuccessfully been trying to twist Vettori's arm into a comeback for the home series' against West Indies and India.

Next year's one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand has been widely viewed as Vettori's likely swansong in international cricket.

Fairfax Media