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NZ Cricket axes Black Caps selection panel

June 9, 2011 - Wellington

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 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.

"The national selection manager would operate with the head coach to form a 'two man selection panel', with the head coach of the team having the final say on debated decisions," NZC Director of cricket, John Buchanan, said.

He also said that the new system would ensure greater consistency of the selections and the feedback process.

"It is my experience it is important to streamline the number of people who impact on team decisions and team dynamics. We have therefore sought to simplify the selection process to ensure greater consistency of selections, feedback and integration of playing pathways from youth, through first-class to international cricket," Buchanan said.

NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said that the NZC board supported the new system, but praised the input of the outgoing selectors.

"It is important to recognise the selectors over the past years have done a great job," Vaughan said.

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.


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