Cricket Wellington appoints Bruce Edgar as Director of Cricket till 2022/23 season

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Former New Zealand cricketer, Bruce Edgar, has been appointed as Cricket Wellington Director of Cricket with immediate effect until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Edgar’s appointment will see him return to Cricket Wellington for the first time since stepping down as the Head Coach of Wellington Firebirds at the end of the 2018/19 season. He will also take charge as the Firebirds’ Plunket Shield Head Coach for the 2022/23 season.

Now that Firebirds have Edgar on board they will soon announce a white-ball Head Coach and a specialist batting and bowling coach to revamp their high-performance coaching structure. He will step down from his incumbent role as President of Cricket Wellington.

Edgar played 39 Test matches for New Zealand during his playing days and also served as a BLACKCAPS selector. He was ecstatic about his appointment and told that he will aim to produce good cricketing talent at Wellington that could go on to represent New Zealand in the international circuit.

“This is a really exciting time for Cricket Wellington and the Wellington Firebirds,” told Edgar.

“After a period of change, we’re now working on bringing together a coaching group that can lead Cricket Wellington and the Firebirds into a new chapter, with the resources and expertise that we hope will bring us more success.

“Our aim is to build an environment that produces better cricketers that perform well for Wellington and hopefully go on to play for New Zealand.

“Personally, it’s a privilege to be back working with our players and coaches and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together as a group this summer.”

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Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell mentioned that Edgar’s inclusion is a planned step that will not only help in the development of players but will also support and nurture coaches.

“Bruce will add a sense of familiarity in our high-performance group, after some recent change,” he said.

“While only short-term, Bruce’s inclusion is a key feature of the new structure in developing players and also helping support and nurture our coaches.

“His experience as a player, coach and selector speaks for itself and we couldn’t ask for a better individual to help guide the succession into a new era for the Firebirds.”