Mott shortlisted for Kiwi coach’s job after IPL stint

September 11th, 2008 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Sep 11 (IANS) Frontrunner for the coaching job of New Zealand cricket, Matthew Mott’s stint with Kolkata Knight Riders has helped him emerge as a strong contender to take over from John Bracewell.Star Kiwi batsman Brendon McCullum and Mott, who was the assistant coach of Knight Riders, met during their IPL stint in India. McCullum was so impressed by the Australian’s coaching talent that he recommended Mott to the Kiwi board, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

New Zealand Cricket chief Justin Vaughan said the board always takes suggestions of senior players like Mccullum on important matters.

“Brendon played at Kolkata when Matthew was the assistant coach there. It was for three or four games, so it was a very short experience. We do work very closely with our senior players - Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram and Brendon - and they are fully engaged through this.

“We don’t just run this as a lone process then tell the players: ‘This is your coach’. They are very much involved, and that is the right thing to do,” said Vaughan

Vaughan though declined to comment directly on Mott’s chances.

Mott guided New South Wales (NSW) to the Pura Cup domestic championship last summer — his first year in charge. The New Zealand board wasted little time in sounding him out, with current coach Bracewell vacating the post next April.

Vaughan described speculation on the candidates as being “incorrect”, following reports this week that those in the mix included former South African coach Graham Ford and Kiwis Andy Moles and Dipak Patel. John Wright was a possible dark horse.

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