An early announcement from John Bracewell that he will step down as national coach will quash speculation and allow time to recruit a replacement, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) says.
NZC today announced Bracewell will not seek reappointment when his contract expires next April.
Bracewell, who is with the New Zealand team in England, has hinted at a return to coaching at county level in that country.
He had a five-year coaching stint with Gloucestershire before taking up his New Zealand role in 2003.
NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said he had discussed Bracewell's future at the end of last summer and it had become evident the 50-year-old would step down.