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IPL beckons for NZ cricket legend Wright

Published: 11:25AM Monday January 28, 2013 Source: Newstalk ZB/ONE Sport

Former Black Caps coach John Wright is returning to India, where he first made is name as a coach with their national side.

Wright, a New Zealand opening batsman from 1978-93, will guide the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

During his five-year tenure with the Indian national team, he led them to the final of the 2003 World Cup and was also appointed coach of the World XI that played Australian in the 2005 ICC Super Series.

But he didn't last long with the troubled Black Caps programme, replacing former international team-mate Mark Greatbatch in December 2010 and stepping down after last year's tour of West Indies, replaced by current coach Mike Hesson.

His stay with the Kiwis was an unhappy one, and ended in frustration at the poor attitudes of modern players and their lack of backbone on the field.

Wright joins former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming in the IPL coaching ranks - Fleming is in charge at the Chennai Super Kings.

The player auction takes place this weekend.