Wright, NZ bowling coach to step down after T20 WC

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Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 16:34 [IST]
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NZ bowling coach, Wright to step down

Hyderabad, Aug 28: New Zealand team's bowling coach Damien Wright has said that he will step down as bowling coach after ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka citing personal reasons for his decision, according to a statement released by New Zealand Cricket.

When asked the Australian the reason for stepping down, Wright said he was not spending quality time with his family which forced him to take this decision.

Wright who replaced Allan Donald as bowling coach last September, said he has had a good stint with the New Zealand team in the last twelve months.

"I have really enjoyed working with the New Zealand team and it was a tough decision to leave the position," Wright said in a NZC statement.

New Zealand having suffered a whitewash at the hands of West Indies and thrashed by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test against India, has been criticised for not playing to their potential.

When stressed upon the reason for stepping down, Wright said that it was due to his prolonged absence from family that made him take this step.

"The decision is related to time away from my family and a need to be based closer to home."

"It has been a privilege to work with current crop of bowlers and I'm proud of the progression they have made over the past year," he said.

While former coach John Wright also refused to renew his contract post Windies tour, Damien Wright's resignation also comes a month later after Mike Hesson replaced John Wright as coach for New Zealand's tour of India.

When enquired the board, New Zealand cricket said that they would advertise for a new bowling coach the coming week.


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