New Zealand Cricket has announced changes to the BLACKCAPS support team to work with new coach Andy Moles – including a smaller core team supporting the BLACKCAPS during match days.
Moles said that after reviewing the support arrangements, and discussions with BLACKCAPS captain Daniel Vettori, he is moving to reduce the core support team around the players.
The new support team structure includes the use of a pool of specialist coaches in the lead up to games, but a smaller team directly around the BLACKCAPS during match days.
“My priority in shaping the support team is to provide the best possible environment for the BLACKCAPS players to focus on their own performance,” said Moles.
“We will use networks of specialist coaches to help prepare the team during the lead-up to matches. For example, in the three days prior to the Dunedin test, NZC Elite Coaching Manager John Wright will be among those working with the team.
“On match days, however, the support team will consist of just myself along with the team manager, physiotherapist, fitness trainer and video analyst.”
NZC CEO Justin Vaughan said it was always expected that an incoming coach would bring a new approach and a change in personnel in the support area.
“We are fully supportive of the changes Andy is proposing,” he said. “We’ve been well served by our support staff in the past, but Andy has signaled he wants to bring a different style to this aspect of team management.
“A sharper focus on player accountability and performance is a positive step.”