New Zealand Cricket faces a new crisis this morning, and it's got nothing to do with the performance of the Black Caps! The Dom-Post is reporting that New South Wales coach Matthew Mott has decided to turn his back on an offer to take over from John Bracewell as the Black Caps coach, and has re-signed with the state team.
And can you blame him? He coached a second-string NSW team to a victory over New Zealand a week ago, and would have seen for himself the shambles that currently exists, and the magnitude of the job ahead. He's obviously realistic enough to know that either it is a task beyond him, or a whole bunch of problems and stress that he doesn't need - probably the latter.
New Zealand Cricket must shoulder the blame for this farcical situation. It was a big mistake to re-hire Bracewell after the 2007 World Cup. Keeping Stock reckons that NZC was buying time, and waiting for John Wright to confirm his interest. But Wright, who must be gutted to see the batting malaise so prevalent in the Black Caps has decided that life on the road isn't what he wants, and fair enough.
And so, right at the start of the "Summer of Cricket", NZC is in big trouble, and is likely to have to readvertise the coaching job. Bracewell wants out before the home series against India, so that he can take up his new role in England in time for the county season, so a stop-gap coach will need to be appointed. Meantime, has anyone seen Steve Rixon lately?
UPDATE: Wither now NZC? Englishman Andy Moles has been appointed to the role, starting next week, in time for the West Indes tour! Stuff profiles the new coach, to whom Keeping Stock wishes the best of British luck!