Wellington: New Zealand’s captain and de facto coach Daniel Vettori believes former skipper Stephen Fleming would make a wonderful Black Caps coach.
Vettori will lead the team to the United Arab Emirates for a one-day and Twenty20 series against Pakistan as both captain and coach following Andy Moles’ decision on Saturday to step down as coach after a review process revealed he was ill-equipped to continue in the role.
With Moles not stepping up to the mark, Vettori has been effectively coaching the team for the past six months,
The Sunday Star-Times quoted Vettori as saying that he was happy to continue as player-coach for the next few months, including the home test series against Pakistan next month, but after that he would prefer to see someone come into the role.
"Stephen and I keep in regular contact and he’s been quite a big help in going through all this stuff and some other things that have gone on. He has concerns about my workload and he wants to be a sounding board and do anything he can to help," Vettori said.
"He’s definitely got coach written all over him and he could be an extremely successful one; it’s just whether he wants to get back into that life of touring the world and in that regard it probably is too soon for him. But he would make a wonderful coach," he added.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan, when asked if Fleming was a coach candidate, said: "I don’t think this is the right time."
In the short-term manager Dave Currie will have his leadership responsibilities upgraded to help Vettori, while current assistant coach Mark O’Donnell will remain with the team, stuff.co.nz reports.