Buchanan likely to take over NZ cricket

April 10th, 2011 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, Apr 10 (ANI): The New Zealand Cricket board will meet on Friday to approve the appointment of former Australian coach John Buchanan as the organisation’s first director of cricket.

The job was created to oversee NZ Cricket’s entire high-performance programme, which includes the Black Caps. As reported by Fairfax Media on Friday, Buchanan is the clear frontrunner for the position.

Former England coach Duncan Fletcher, who last year spent some time in camp with the Black Caps during their tour to the subcontinent, and India’s world cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten were the other names linked to the role.

Stuff.co.nz reports that Buchanan will be offered a contract on Friday if, as expected, the NZ Cricket board agrees he is the right candidate.

Buchanan was the Australian coach between 1999 and 2007 and has worked as a cricket consultant since.

He will become arguably the most powerful man in New Zealand cricket after NZ Cricket boss Justin Vaughan when he is appointed.

“I can certainly confirm we’ve met with John. He’s got great credentials for the role but we’ve spoken to a few candidates and ultimately there will be a recommendation made to the New Zealand Cricket board on Friday,” Vaughan said.

The director of cricket is expected to play a major role in the appointment of a new national selection panel and the next Black Caps captain. (ANI)

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