Friday, October 23, 2009

Moles quits as Black Caps coach

Andy Moles has resigned as coach of New Zealand, New Zealand Cricket has confirmed.

Moles' position became untenable after questions about his abilities were raised by senior players during a standard review following the recent tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Moles, whose contract ran through to the 2011 World Cup, went into mediation with NZC on Friday and the result is that the former Warwickshire batsman will not be with the Black Caps side when it departs on Tuesday for a limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The 48-year-old was the surprise choice to replace John Bracewell when he got the job last November after New South Wales coach Matthew Mott had turned the post down.

Moles has had a difficult time since moving into international coaching.

He began with Kenya in 2003 but quit at the end of 2004 as reported mismanagement within the board took its toll.

He then took over as Scotland coach but, after leading them to ICC Trophy, fell out with some leading players and resigned.

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