O’Donnell appointed assistant New Zealand coach for India series

February 24th, 2009 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Auckland, Feb 24 (IANS) Auckland coach Mark O’Donnell has been appointed as the assistant to chief coach Andy Moles for the cricket series against India starting Wednesday with a Twenty20 fixture at Christchurch.
“It’s a great opportunity for Mark,” Auckland chief executive Andrew Eade was quoted as saying by New Zealand Herald. “Andy and Mark have been great mates for a long time, they work well together.”

Eade said O’Donnell’s strengths of technical nous, a “superb” work ethic and ability to work with players made him ideal for the job.

Auckland will settle on a caretaker coach until the end of the season later this week and the leading contenders to replace Mark are former Test opener Matt Horne and former Zimbabwe leg-spinner Paul Strang. Both are based in Auckland for several years and have both been involved with the Auckland A team this season.

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