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Wright to step down as New Zealand cricket coach

Wellington, Tue, 01 May 2012 ANI

Wellington, May 1(ANI): New Zealand coach John Wright will step down from his post following the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

"I never really envisaged going through to the 2015 Cricket World Cup so the change has to be made at some stage. During the review process with the current cricket director, we both agreed the planning systems that he wants to implement don't complement the style and the way I coach, so that was another factor. It's part of sport. I've enjoyed the opportunity to coach the New Zealand cricket team," quoted Wright, as saying.

On being asked to elaborate on the key differences between himself and Buchanan, Wright said: "I think he's probably in a better position to do that. We're probably not that different, we just see things a little differently. As I explained earlier, the planning systems that John wants to implement are probably suited to another head coach."

Wright described a question as "hypothetical" and irrelevant over whether he would have stayed on as coach if Buchanan was the cricket's director the.

"I've looked at it from my point of view, the way I coach and the values and beliefs that I bring to the job. It's very important that I'm true to myself," he said.

He said he had "mixed feelings" about departing, but there was no lingering disappointment.

"I've always been in an environment ... where you only look at results, so I've always brought results to the table. When you're a national coach, you're really coaching for the fans. I've had wonderful public support.

"And then you work very hard with the players so the public sees a team that fights for them to bring the results they want. I hope we've made progress, and I think the team will continue to make progress."

He took over as coach at the end of 2010. (ANI)

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