Hesson resigns as NZ cricket coach

Daniel Gilhooly
Mike Hesson has announced his resignation as New Zealand cricket coach for personal reasons

New Zealand's longest and most successful cricket coaching tenure is over after Mike Hesson's surprise decision to resign.

The unassuming 43-year-old has stepped aside from what he says are the all-consuming rigours of international cricket to spend more time with his family.

Hesson's six-year stint will end on July 31, cutting short a contract that was meant to finish after next year's World Cup.

New Zealand Cricket will begin an immediate search for a new coach, ahead of their next assignment against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

Hesson's achievements will be hard to replicate, having overseen arguably the most successful period for cricket in New Zealand's history.

Traditionally strugglers, the Black Caps are currently ranked fourth in all three formats and have jostled for the top spots in recent years.

They've continued to ride the momentum of reaching a World Cup final for the first time, in 2015, when they went down to Australia.

Hesson said a two-month break since the completion of an intense New Zealand summer had given him time to consider his lifestyle.

"This job requires 100 per cent commitment and is all-consuming," he said.

"I know what's required over the next 12 months, but if I'm honest, I don't feel I have the capacity to give the job what it deserves."

Hesson stressed he wasn't leaving for another role.

He had regretted spending so much time away from wife Kate and his two young daughters and planned to take a complete break.

He revealed New Zealand Cricket had offered the chance to skip certain matches and tours or even to drop a format but the proposals didn't sit well.

NZC chief executive David White supported and understood Hesson's decision, although admitted to trying to change his mind.

White believes Hesson is among the most respected coaches in the world and had done it through a low-key methodology which put the team first.

"He's carried a torch for coaches in all sports, demonstrating through his success that top-level coaching is not exclusively or necessarily the domain of former star players," White said.