Wellington - Black Caps mentor Mike Hesson
has extended his contract until the 2019 World Cup, New Zealand Cricket (NZC)
said on Thursday, describing him as the best coach in the country's history.
Hesson's contract was due to expire in
April next year but NZC said he will be staying on until the end of the next
World Cup, to be staged in England and Wales from May-July 2019.
"Mike's the most successful coach in
New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we've ever
had," NZC chief executive David White said.
"To have him committed to the Black
Caps until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned."
Hesson, 41, took over in mid-2012 with New
Zealand in the doldrums after a poor run of defeats and soon created
controversy by axing the popular Ross Taylor as captain in favour of Brendon
However, he has revived their fortunes,
particularly in limited-overs cricket, guiding them to the final of last year's
World Cup and overseeing a giant-killing run to the semi-finals of this year's
World T20 tournament.
New Zealand are currently ranked number one
in T20s, two in one-dayers and fifth in Test cricket.
Hesson said he still found the job
rewarding and was looking forward to a new era working with McCullum's
replacement Kane Williamson.
"It's a privilege to be a part of the
Black Caps culture and I feel lucky to be able to contribute to that for a
little bit longer," he said.
NZC said it had also retained the services
of batting coach Craig McMillan, manager Mike Sandle and strength and
conditioning coach Chris Donaldson.