Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming is not interested in becoming the Black Caps’ coach, saying he’s not ready for the travelling demands of the job as he has a young family to consider
Fleming, who is the Chennai Super Kings’ co-coach in the IPL, has been linked with the job soon to be vacated by John Wright, who will leave at the end of the tour to the West Indies in June/July.
The former Wellington and Middlesex batsman told Live Sport Radio: “The timing really is the main point for me, I’m not quite ready to get back onto that roundabout of international cricket.
“I’ve got a young family that I love spending time with and while I do care deeply about the New Zealand side and the direction they’re going, the timing’s just not right for me to jump back into that touring lifestyle.”
Of his IPL stint each year, he added: “I enjoy these two months (of the IPL) because it’s my cricket fix and it’s done and dusted, whereas with the national side you’ve got constant development and requirements with travel, not dissimilar to when you’re playing and I’m still, I guess, weaning my way off playing for 15 or 20 years.
“I don’t know if that’s the path I want to go down. I have a good relationship with a number of the players, I enjoy talking about their game…and that might pull me back at some point but I certainly can’t see that in the near future.”