New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday reappointed the current head coach Gary Stead for the next three years lasting until 2023.
Stead will now be the head coach of the New Zealand team till the end of the the 2023 World Cup in India. He has been the incharge of of the side after succeeding Mike Hesson in 2018.
During his tenure, Stead helped the side reach the finals of the 2019 World Cup in England which they lost due to the Super Over rule.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be re-appointed. I think this group of players is growing as a team; there’s an exciting schedule ahead of us and I know everyone is feeling very optimistic about our chances in all three formats” Stead said after reappointment.
“I’m very appreciative of the backing I’ve enjoyed from the players, the support staff and NZC and hope I can repay that confidence by helping the Blackcaps achieve their goals and objectives over the next three years,” he added.
There have been times when media has reported a rift between the former with the skipper Kane Williamson. However, both the individuals downplayed all the speculations over their relations during their recent camp last month.
Under Williamson’s captaincy, New Zealand has been performing really well from the last couple of years. They currently ranked 2nd in Tests and 3rd in the ODI cricket.
NZC is currently planning on hosting the complete home season despite the coronavirus pandemic. Their home season consists of Test series against Pakistan and West Indies while limited-overs fixtures against Bangladesh and Australia.