World T20 2021 | OMA vs PNG: Historic setting marks the beginning of World Cup journey
16 Oct 2021
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will be spending time with his national side for the T20 World Cup as he was approached by New Zealand Cricket to be with the team after his successful stint as head coach of IPL winning Chennai Super Kings.
The confirmation of the news was given through social media channels of the Blackcaps just ahead of the team’s first warm-up game against the Netherlands.
"Fresh from the @IPL Final - it's great to have @ChennaiIPL winning coach @SPFleming7 joining us for a few days ahead of the start of the @T20WorldCup #T20WorldCup," the BLACKCAPS tweeted.
Kiwis will kick off their World Cup campaign on October 26 against Pakistan in at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. They are drawn in Group 2 at the Super 12 stage and have to face India and Afghanistan apart from Pakistan and two other teams which will make it through after the preliminary round matches.
Fleming, who represented New Zealand in four World Cups, leading in two of them, was not able to get his team to the final even once. But the Kiwis’ recent success at the ICC World Test Championship would give the team a big boost going ahead in this campaign.