IPL: Indian Premier League 2009

Vettori and Moles in New Zealand’s selection panel


vettoriNew Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and coach Andy Moles have been appointed to the national selection panel after existing selector Dion Nash stepped down due to personal commitments. Justin Vaughan, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive, said the new make-up of the panel was “innovative but consistent” with the way the board had been operating. However Vettori’s role in the panel depends on his position as captain.

Captains and coaches are consulted in other countries when it comes to selections - and most attend selection meetings - but this is perhaps the first time they have officially been appointed national selectors. Interestingly when Moles first took over from John Bracewell he had wished to not be involved in the selection process. However, just after India’s tour of New Zealand, he said he wanted to be on the panel to make sure “my views and the captain’s views are taken into consideration so we get the balanced side to win games of cricket”.

Vaughan said after the new appointment: “Andy and Dan see and work with our leading players constantly, and are directly accountable for team performance. Therefore we believe it is important they have a formal input into the selection process. Both captain and coach currently form our ‘on-tour’ selection panel, who select teams when the Blackcaps are playing.”

Vaughan said in many countries captains already had a big role in selection of teams but New Zealand Cricket wanted to go a step ahead and give him formal responsibility. “Daniel is a strong and very able leader. He has vast international experience, and is absolutely committed to driving the team to improved performance. New Zealand Cricket has complete trust and confidence in Daniel Vettori being up to the task and we are convinced the team will benefit as a consequence.”

Vettori and Moles join Glenn Turner, Mark Greatbatch and John Wright in the selection panel. Greatbatch, who was a non-voting advisor, will take on selection duties with Turner while Wright, on the shortlist for Kolkata Knight Riders’ coaching job, will be the non-voting advisor and concentrate on his work as the highperformance coach.

Vaughan said Turner’s objective analysis of players was a tremendous asset while Greatbatch had shown great commitment since becoming involved with the panel and brought a well-considered approach to players.
Source:Cricket News

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