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NZC wants Wright

Napier, Dec. 28 (PTI): New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is eyeing the services of India’s coach John Wright for its team once the former star’s contract with India ends after the World Cup.

While Wright himself parried all questions on this subject, NZC chief Martin Snedden said Wright probably would be interested in the job once the term of Denis Aberhart expires in April.

Snedden said he had not spoken to Wright yet as he thought it was improper to broach this subject at the moment. “He is all wrapped up with his team at the moment and there is the extra pressure of being back in New Zealand, so I’m leaving him well alone.”

Wright’s contract with India expires shortly after the World Cup in February-March and rumours are that he is looking to return to New Zealand. Snedden was unaware of such speculation but hoped that Wright would be interested.

Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta adds: Wright, in fact, was ‘approached’ last year itself, to succeed David Trist (Denis Aberhart’s predecessor), but the former New Zealand captain wasn’t tempted.

“Till I am around with the Indian team, there’s absolutely no question of my looking at options,” is what Wright had then told The Telegraph. It’s unlikely that his stand will change.

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