Buchanan quits Ki­wis

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NEW ZEALAND Cricket (NZC) an­nounced yes­ter­day that for­mer Aus­tralian coach John Buchanan was leav­ing his post as di­rec­tor of cricket ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, af­ter just over two years in the job.

“(He) is dis­ap­pointed to be leav­ing NZC at this time, as he has en­joyed his work there,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion said. “How­ever, due to fam­ily cir­cum­stances, he has de­cided to re­turn to Aus­tralia.”

Buchanan had re­port­edly been side­lined since late last year, when he sup­ported Ross Tay­lor af­ter coach Mike Hes­son sacked the bats­man as skip­per in favour of Bren­don McCul­lum.

He was ap­pointed in 2011 with a con­tract run­ning through to the 2015 World Cup, with his role seen as pro­vid­ing “a con­sis­tent coach­ing phi­los­o­phy” in New Zealand, while also over­see­ing tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and the se­lec­tion panel.

“NZC re­spects John’s de­ci­sion and we wish him well for his fu­ture en­deav­ours,” it said. – Sapa-AFP

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