<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/">Black Caps</a> coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gary-stead/">Gary Stead</a>'s contract was extended to the 2023 World Cup on Wednesday giving the former Test batsman a chance to improve on his teams' "gut-wrenching" loss in the 2019 tournament. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/new-zealand-cricket">New Zealand Cricket</a> chief executive David White said Stead's reappointment followed a successful period for the Black Caps which has seen them reach number two in the Test rankings and three in one-dayers. <p></p> <p></p>"Winning an away Test series against Pakistan and a Test in Sri Lanka was a tremendous effort, as were the home Test series wins against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and India," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"We had no hesitation, after going through quite a process, in extending his contract." <p></p> <p></p>White also praised the conduct of the team under Stead, particularly after they reached the 2019 World Cup final but lost to England on a technicality after the scores were tied. <p></p> <p></p>"To tie the World Cup final and miss out on winning the trophy through a countback was a gut-wrenching experience," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"But I think we can all agree on how well the team played during that campaign and, equally, how well they conducted themselves afterwards." <p></p> <p></p>Stead said it was "an honour and privilege" to be involved with the team. <p></p> <p></p>"I was motivated to keep working with the team, I've still got a lot of energy and feel I can continue to offer something," he said. <p></p> <p></p>White confirmed the New Zealanders expect to host a full season of cricket during the Kiwi summer, with tours involving Pakistan, the West Indies, Australia and Bangladesh. <p></p> <p></p>He said discussions were underway with health officials regarding quarantine arrangements and a fixture list should be finalised in the next fortnight.