New Zealand fortifies coaching ahead of 2023 ODI World Cup. Stephen Fleming and James Foster, IPL-experienced, join. Ian Bell and Saqlain Mushtaq to rotate. Focus on staff welfare amidst packed tour schedule.
New Zealand is gearing up for the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup with a strengthened support staff lineup, featuring notable cricketing figures. Stephen Fleming and James Foster are among the fresh additions set to join the team’s coaching setup. Ian Bell and Saqlain Mushtaq will also be part of the coaching rotation over the next four months as New Zealand embarks on away tours.
The selection of Stephen Fleming and James Foster carries special significance due to their extensive experience in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Stephen Fleming, renowned for guiding the Chennai Super Kings to five IPL titles, brings a wealth of knowledge from his time in the league. Previously, he had collaborated with New Zealand in the lead-up to the 2021 T20 World Cup. Currently coaching Southern Brave in the men’s Hundred, Fleming is slated to join the New Zealand team for the ODI series against England starting on September 8.
New Zealand’s head coach, Gary Stead, expressed optimism about Fleming’s impact, citing his extensive exposure to Indian cricket through the IPL. Stead remarked, “Flem will be great for players on that side of it and also good for the staff as well… You can get those little one-two percenters from that information that could tip the results on your side.”
James Foster, who has served as a fielding coach and assistant coach with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, will contribute his expertise as New Zealand’s assistant coach for the England ODI series and the ODI World Cup. Foster’s diverse coaching experience across various leagues globally adds valuable insights to New Zealand’s preparations.
Ian Bell, a former England batter, will assume the role of assistant coach for the T20I series against England and subsequently step in as batting coach for the ODI series. Bell’s appointment temporarily fills in for Luke Ronchi, who will return to lead the side in the ODI series against Bangladesh. Additionally, Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan spinner, will rejoin the team as a spin coach for the Test tour of Bangladesh. Saqlain’s expertise is expected to enhance New Zealand’s spin-bowling strategies.
The rotations within the coaching staff are a strategic move to ensure the well-being of players and staff amid a busy cricketing schedule. New Zealand’s management emphasizes the importance of maintaining a balance as the team embarks on an extended period of away tours, culminating in the Test series against Bangladesh.
The reshuffled coaching staff is anticipated to provide New Zealand with a competitive edge as they approach the 2023 ODI World Cup and other upcoming challenges on the international cricket stage.