Buchanan appointed New Zealand cricket director

April 15th, 2011 - 7:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, April 15 (IANS) Former Australian coach John Buchanan was Friday confirmed
New Zealand’s new director of cricket.

Buchanan, who guided Australia to three World Cups, will be designing the blueprint for a consistent coaching philosophy across the country, implement a talent identification programme and oversee the selection panel.

“John’s appointment is an exciting one for New Zealand Cricket (NZC). He has a great cricketing pedigree and will provide outstanding leadership as NZC look to move forward,” NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan was quoted as saying in the Australian.

During Buchanan’s eight years at the helm of the Australian side from 1999-2007, they won three World Cup titles, and won a record 16 consecutive Test and 23 consecutive ODI World Cup matches.

“New Zealand Cricket has a proud history and it is a true honour to be given the responsibility,” he said.

“I want to be part of the next successful era and I am committed to building sustainable high performance for New Zealand Cricket.”

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