New Zealand women head coach Haidee Tiffen will not be with the side when it takes on Australia in a three-match Rose Bowl series beginning in Perth on February 22.
New Zealand women head coach Haidee Tiffen will not be with the side when it takes on Australia in a three-match Rose Bowl series beginning in Perth on February 22.

New Zealand women head coach Haidee Tiffen will not be with the side when it takes on Australia in a three-match Rose Bowl series beginning in Perth on February 22.

Tiffen requested a leave of absence in the wake of an New Zealand Cricket’s World T20 campaign review – which recommended all coaching and support staff roles be advertised at the completion of their contract periods.

In a statement the board said, “NZC has supported Tiffen’s request and has appointed High Performance coach Bob Carter to act as the interim White Ferns coach in her absence.”

Tiffen said given the nature of the recent review it was in the team’s best interests that she remained behind when the team departs for Australia on February 18

“I just want to do what’s best for the team,” she said.

“The review was fairly confronting and challenging and I can’t really imagine being in the right frame of mind to help this side during the upcoming Rose Bowl series.

“I love the players; I love the team and I love the job – but for everyone’s sake I think this is the best course of action at the moment.”

Head of High Performance Bryan Stronach said NZC accepted Tiffen’s request and would provide support for her during what was clearly a stressful time.

“The high performance environment is an extremely challenging one and the most important thing we can do right now is make sure we support Haidee,” he said.

“We totally respect her position and will work through this with her.”

Stronach said Tiffen would remain on her contract until its expiry date of July 31, and had been encouraged to re-apply for the position.