Cricket: Gary Stead re-signs with NZ Cricket until 2025, split-format Blackcaps coaching set-up rejected

Gary Stead has re-committed to his job for another two years, signing a contract extension to remain as Blackcaps head coach until mid-2025.

Stead's reappointment comes as NZ Cricket rejects a split-coaching model, that would have seen separate leadership structures in place for the test and limited-over sides.

As a result, Stead will remain with the Blackcaps until the end of the next World Test Championship cycle.

"Gary's results have been very impressive and we're confident that he still has a lot to offer the team," said NZ Cricket high performance general manager Bryan Stronach. 

"Of course, a big part of this decision came down to whether Gary wanted to continue and he made it clear his appetite to take this team forward was as keen as ever.

"A split-coaching role was discussed in depth, but with most of our leading Blackcaps playing across all three formats, and the culture of the group so strong and positive, we saw clear benefits in supporting the status quo.

"Of all the different potential scenarios, we considered this the best option available to us."

Stead, 51, replaced Mike Hesson at the helm of the New Zealand men's side in 2018 and has continued the success of his predecessor in all forms of the game.

Under Stead, they reached the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England - when a boundary countback tiebreaker denied New Zealand a maiden title.

In 2021, the Blackcaps defeated India in the inaugural World Test Championship final, ending a 20-year wait for silverware. Later that year, they also reached the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE, only to fall to Australia.

Gary Stead and Tim Southee.
Gary Stead and Tim Southee. Photo credit: Getty Images

Stead's reappointment was welcomed by the players, test captain Tim Southee explained.

"Gary's had great success leading us into finals in all three formats and, of course, that World Test Championship win," he said. "It's been great the way that he's come in and built on what was previously achieved."

The Blackcaps are currently in their final preparations for this year's Cricket World Cup in India, starting with a T20 series against the UAE and a white-ball tour of England.