Bob Carter, the head of New Zealand has announced that he will be stepping down from the team’s head coach position as his contract has come to an end. He will now continue his role as the High-Performance Coach in NZC.
Carter who started as the interim coach in February 2019 was made the permanent coach of the white ferns in September 2019. The contract was till the end of the 2021 World Cup which had been postponed to 2022 March. This resulted in Carter staying with the side for one more year.
Cater who’s been a part of the New Zealand Cricket setup for a long time had a great amount of experience as he was the assistant coach for New Zealand men’s team from 2004 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2014. He was working as High-Performance Coach for NZC before taking the head coach role for the white ferns in February 2019.
During his tenure, the white ferns had a below-average performance as the team lost bilateral ODI and T20 series against England both at home and away in 2021. They also lost almost all the matches in their 2020 tour of Australia. New Zealand only won the T20 series against South Africa 3-1 in early 2020 and defeated team India 4-1 in ODIs at home in early 2022 leading up to the 2022 World Cup.
The World Cup performance was also below par as New Zealand failed to make it to the Semi-Finals in the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia as they lost 2 big matches against Australia and India.
The 2022 Women’s World Cup at home was a huge disaster for the white ferns as they failed to take the advantage of the home conditions and qualify for the Semis. They won 3 of their 7 matches and lost close matches against England, South Africa, and West Indies.
Overall, Bob Carter as the coach didn’t have much impact on the team’s performance. But, during his tenure, there were players of the likes of Amelia Kerr, Hanna Rowe, Brooke Halliday, Jess Kerr, and many more who’ve become better players under his teachings.
The New Zealand players thanked coach Bob Carter for his coaching and wished him all the best for his future as he heads back to his earlier position of the High-Performance Coach in NZC.
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