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Turner, Cairns dropped from New Zealand Cricket selection panel

June 11, 2011 - Auckland

Former New Zealand Cricketers Glenn Turner and Lance Cairns have been dropped from a slimmed-down New Zealand Cricket (NZC) selection panel, while Mark Greatbatch has retained his job in an interim role.

NZC announced that the old three-man selection panel was being scrapped in favour of a new system, which will see the creation of a national selection manager and give coach John Wright more responsibility for the selection of his side.

Greatbatch, who chaired the national selection panel, will step in as acting national selection manager until a permanent appointment is made.

NZC Director of Cricket John Buchanan said the new approach would provide for greater accountability.

"It is my experience, it is important to streamline the number of people who impact on team decisions and team dynamics," quoted Buchanan, as saying in a statement.

"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," he added.

The selector's job will be advertised, and Turner and Cairns will be free to apply.


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