Heinrich Malan, head coach of New Zealand’s domestic team Auckland Aces, has joined the support staff of the national team. Malan will be part of the support staff during New Zealand’s upcoming Test series against England. Malan will assist New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead, bowling coach Shane Jurgensen and batting coach Luke Ronchi.
New Zealand will tour England in May-June 2021. They are scheduled to play a two-match Test series against England. The first Test match will start on June 2. Before the first Test, the New Zealand team will also play a 4-day practice match against England that will start on May 25.
After the Test series against England, New Zealand is set to play the ICC World Test Championship final against India, which will start on June 18. However, Malan will not be part of the support staff during New Zealand vs India ICC World Test Championship final.
It’s An Awesome Opportunity: Heinrich Malan
Speaking about his new role for the New Zealand national team, Heinrich Malan said that it’s a privilege for him to take on the responsibility.
“It’s such an awesome opportunity. I’ve loved my previous experiences working in the Blackcaps environment and it’s truly a privilege to be part of such a high-performing team.
“It’s another step in my personal development as a coach and I hope I can learn as much as possible to take back to my domestic role next season,” Heinrich Malan said.
New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead said that Heinrich Malan is an ideal choice for a fourth coach.
“With an extended squad of 20 for this tour, we felt a fourth coach would be very beneficial to our preparations. Heinrich is a quality coach who knows our environment well – so was an ideal choice to join us for this tour.
“It’s also another positive for our development pathways which continue to produce not just international-ready players, but also coaches,” Gary Stead said.
Malan has previously worked with the national team. He had also led the New Zealand A team in India and UAE earlier. Malan is a former New Zealand domestic cricketer. His career spanned from 2005 to 2009. He has played 10 first-class matches in which scored 296 runs. In 9 List A Games, Malan accounted for 164 runs.