John Wright played for Derbyshire during his career as a New Zealand batsman. © Wisden India

John Wright played for Derbyshire during his career as a New Zealand batsman. © Wisden India

John Wright, the former New Zealand and India coach, is to return to Derbyshire to oversee their upcoming campaign in English domestic cricket’s Twenty20 Blast competition, the Midlands county announced on Tuesday (March 13).

Wright knows Derbyshire well, having played for the club during his career as a New Zealand batsman.

Last season saw Wright guide Derbyshire to their first Twenty20 quarterfinal in more than a decade before they were undone by Shahid Afridi’s blistering 42-ball century for Hampshire.

Wright will be back working alongside Dominic Cork, the former Derbyshire and England seamer.

“We saw great progress in the shortest format in 2017, securing a home quarterfinal for the first time and playing a positive brand of cricket throughout the competition,” said Kim Barnett, the Derbyshire cricket advisor.

“John, Dominic and all the players are determined to build on the successes from last summer and continue our progression in this format,” the former Derbyshire captain added. “Our ultimate aim is to reach Finals Day and bring silverware to Derbyshire.”