Fleming says no to New Zealand job

Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 13:03 [IST]
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Fleming says no to New Zealand job

Wellington: Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has ruled himself out of contention to become coach of the Black Caps after the exit of Andy Moles.

Fleming today made it clear that he harboured no ambition to succeed Englishman Moles, who last week resigned one year into the job, after it emerged the players held reservations about his technical and tactical abilities.

“It is not my interest to coach internationally. I am very happy with the business side of things I am looking to set up and with my family life. I do not have the time (for coaching) and I do not have the desire. The group of players there now are too close to my (playing) era, and also my coaching ability is unproven," he told Radio Sport.

The New Zealand team left on Wednesday without a coach for Abu Dhabi in the Middle East, where they are to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.

Skipper Daniel Vettori will undertake many of the coaching responsibilities until New Zealand Cricket (NZC) names a replacement for Moles, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Fleming captained New Zealand for a decade and played 111 tests and 247 one-day internationals before retiring last year.

He is busy establishing a business career in Wellington, as well as coaching Chennai in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League.

Fleming said he enjoyed his role with Chennai but that required a time commitment of only seven weeks a year.

Former New Zealand coach Steve Rixon has signalled his interest in the job, but NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan has said his organisation will not rush a decision.


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