Former England all-rounder Luke Wright is set to join New Zealand’s coaching staff on a short-term basis later this summer.
Luke Wright Named as Part of New Zealand’s coaching staff
Wright was part of Paul Collingwood’s T20 World Cup-winning side in 2010 and played 101 white-ball internationals for his country.
The 37-year-old still holds a limited-overs contract at Sussex but has agreed to assist the Black Caps’ backroom team during their one-day trips to Ireland, Scotland and Holland.
“A key lesson from last year’s Covid-enforced schedules was the importance of keeping not just our players fresh, but also our staff,” Stead said.
“We’ve got 14 weeks of non-stop cricket ahead in all three formats and across four countries – along with a T20 World Cup also looming in Australia in October.
“We need to ensure our coaches are at the top of their games throughout that period, and able to create an environment in which the team can continue to improve and thrive.”
Aldridge and Brownlie have previously been involved in the national setup while Stead was looking forward to the ideas that Wright and Ebrahim will bring.
“Along with the practicality of having an extra set of hands, it’s also a way of introducing different voices and skills to the group, as well as giving the fourth coaches themselves an opportunity to learn and develop,” he said.
“Dion is a promising new head coach on the domestic scene. I’m sure he will get plenty out of touring with the Blackcaps. Luke will offer in-depth knowledge of the conditions in the UK and his vast experiences in T20 cricket all around the world.”
New Zealand will tour England to play 3 match test series in June with the first match being played between June 2 – 6.
In terms of limited over series, New Zealand will tour Ireland to get part in 3 matches ODI series and as much as T20Is.