New Zealand keen about engaging John Wright

Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Wellington:Outgoing India coach John Wright is taking a well deserved break after his four-and-a-half years' association with Team India, but there are already whispers in New Zealand cricket circles about involving Wright either as coach for local sides or as an administrator.

A leading news agency UNI carried a report which said that former Kiwi all-rounder and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Martin Snedden has spoken to Wright about possible coaching roles with Canterbury and Otago, which needs a new coach following former Kiwi opener Glenn Turner's decision to step down.

"I've spoken to him since he came back and I've made him aware of the opportunities available both at New Zealand level and major association level. I've made sure Wrighty's aware of the Canterbury job and the Otago position which has been advertised, but I've left it with him. It's up to him to determine whether he wants to pursue it or not," Snedden said.

Snedden said that it was important was Wright to switch himself off from a long demanding stint with the Indian team.

"I've brought him up to date with where we are now in the whole cricketing scene because he has been out of it for four years. He does want breathing space and you have to respect that. It has been an incredibly enveloping atmosphere that he's been in for four years and he needs time to recover," Snedden added.

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