Cricket: Gary Stead reappointed Blackcaps coach through 2023 World Cup

Gary Stead
Gary Stead Photo credit: Photosport

Gary Stead has been reappointed Blackcaps head coach for a further three years.

The Cantabrian's new contract runs through the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. 

Stead took the reins after Mike Hesson's surprise resignation in 2018, leading New Zealand to the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The last two years have largely been successful under Stead's watch, with test wins in Pakistan (UAE) and Sri Lanka, and home series wins against England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India.

New Zealand are second in the ICC test rankings, behind Australia, third in one-day internationals and sixth in T20s.

Stead, whose pedigree in cricket includes a career as a New Zealand test batsman, a stint as Canterbury coach and a spell in charge of the White Ferns women, is looking forward to building on the progress of the past couple of years.

"It’s an honour and a privilege to be re-appointed", he says. "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.

"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."

The Blackcaps host West Indies and Pakistan this summer, giving the side an opportunity to jump up the ladder in the test championship, with the final set for Lord's in June 2021.

New Zealand (180 points) are currently fourth in the standings - 116 points behind second-placed Australia (296), who are scheduled to play top-of-the-table India (360) in four test matches later in the year.

Only the top two teams advance to the final.