New Zealand coach Gary Stead has described the talks with the nation’s cricket board on his doable contract extension as “positive” .
Stead’s preliminary two-year time period was set to finish after the T20 World Cup in Australia which was earlier scheduled in October however was last week postponed by one year as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Talks have been pretty positive and, if New Zealand Cricket and the players feel as though I can keep contributing then I’d be interested in continuing on,” Stead was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
The Black Caps’ subsequent task is tentatively scheduled as a house series of two Tests after which restricted overs internationals towards West Indies beginning in late November, pending authorities approval and quarantine preparations.
They last performed in an ODI towards Australia in Sydney on March 13.
Stead rejected hypothesis that he wished Tom Latham as his Test skipper rather than Kane Williamson and said there was a dialogue to clear the air.
“Kane and I have a really strong relationship, and we spoke about it. There was no basis in truth and the disappointing part is it’s coming from somewhere and someone, but it’s not Kane and it’s not I,” Stead said.
“I really enjoy working with Kane. The discussions we have are robust and always directed at what’s best for the team, which is something I know we are truly aligned on.”New Zealand gamers, together with Williamson, have began coaching under Stead’s watch at camps at Lincoln, close to Christchurch, and Mount Maunganui.