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Greatbatch's future as 'selection manager' uncertain following NZ Cricket shake-up

June 9, 2011 - Wellington

The shake up in the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board has made the future of Mark Greatbatch as national selection manager uncertain.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has axed the Black Caps selection panel under a new system, giving the head coach of each team the responsibility for final team selection.

The introduction of new system means that national coach John Wright will be the all powerful man in New Zealand Cricket since the National Semiconductor Corporation (NSM) will work with him, and as the Head Coach, Wright has been given a final say on selection matters.

The system includes the creation of a fulltime national selection manager responsible for men's and women's international cricket from age-group level through to the Black Caps and White Ferns, reports.

Former Black Caps coach Mark Greatbatch, who chaired the national selection panel, will act as acting national selection manager until a permanent appointment is made.

After seeing Glenn Turner and Lance Cairns' getting chopped from the cricket panel, Greatbatch said: "Glenn Turner and Lance Cairns have got a lot to offer NZC. The whole thing's really new and I want to sit down with New Zealand Cricket Director John Buchanan and see where he's coming from with it."

Buchanan said it was important to streamline the number of people who would have the team decision making powers, and develop consistency from the under-19 level up.

The national selection manager would be assisted by selection advisers, mainly the six major association coaches.

"It requires the skills of a highly organised individual with great cricket knowledge who is respected among the cricket fraternity," he added.


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