Kiwis keen to have ex-Australian Lehman as coach

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Wellington, Jan.29 (ANI): New Zealand Cricket is reportedly in talks with former Australian cricketer Darren Lehman for a coaching assignment with the national squad.

According to a stuff.co.nz report, Lehman confirmed to Radio Sport that he had been in talks with New Zealand Cricket about the job.

The New Zealand Cricket board is meeting today to make an appointment in time for the home series against Bangladesh series which starts next Wednesday.

South African Mickey Arthur, who resigned as Proteas coach earlier in the week, is another name mentioned although it appears he is keen to move into the English county scene.

Lehman, who is president of the Australian Cricketers' Association, has a coaching role with the Deccan Chargers in the lucrative Indian Premier League that would surely be tempting to retain.

But he appears very keen on the Black Caps job, telling Radio Sport they had the potential for improvement on the world stage under the leadership of Daniel Vettori.

The Black Caps have previously been coached by an Australian with Steve Rixon doing a good job in righting a rocky ship in the late 1990s.(ANI)

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