Wellington, May 28
Former test captain Stephen Fleming says he is not interested in taking over from John Wright as coach of the New Zealand cricket team "from a selfish point of view." Fleming has been co-coach of the Chennai Super Kings, who narrowly failed on Saturday to win their third straight Indian Premier League title.
He told New Zealandís Live Sport radio on Monday that while he enjoyed the experience of coaching Chennai each year, he was not yet prepared to take on the responsibility of a national team.
"The timing really is the main point for me, Iím not quite ready to get back onto that roundabout of international cricket," he said.
"Iíve got a young family that I love spending time with and while I do care deeply about the New Zealand side and the direction theyíre going, the timingís just not right for me to jump back into that touring lifestyle."
Fleming said his involvement with the Super Kings allowed him to keep in touch with cricket while also pursuing other business interests. "I enjoy these two months (of the IPL) because itís my cricket fix and itís done and dusted, whereas with the national side youíve got constant development and requirements with travel ó not dissimilar to when youíre playing and Iím still, I guess, weaning my way off playing for 15 or 20 years," he said.
"I donít know if thatís 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 canít see that in the near future."
Wright will step down from the New Zealand role after itís tour to the West Indies in June and July.
National director of cricket and former Australian coach John Buchanan has indicated the coaching role may be split with different coaches taking responsibility for test, one day and Twenty20 formats.