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August 23, 2007
John Wright has missed out on a place on New Zealand's selection panel, with the existing four-member group reappointed for at least a year. Glenn Turner, Richard Hadlee and Dion Nash will again join the coach, John Bracewell, in choosing national squads.
Justin Vaughan, the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, did not rule out making Wright a selector in the future but before he could be seriously considered he would need to spend time familiarising himself with the domestic players. Wright begins work for New Zealand Cricket next week, although his exact role remains unclear.
"Many key selection decisions need to be made in the short-term before John has had an opportunity to view many of the New Zealand player pool," Vaughan said. "We felt he would be best to reacquaint himself with the players in New Zealand before any decision is made on whether he should be included on the panel."
Although the current selectors survived the review process, there has been a change to their tenures. A staggered system will mean selectors are offered two-year terms after which they can reapply, with no more than two members retiring in any given year to allow continuity in the decision-making process.
Hadlee and Nash have initially been given one-year deals to begin the rotation, while Turner and Bracewell are on two-year contracts. "Richard, Dion and Glenn have the skills and knowledge we want in our selection panel, and we are very happy to retain their services," Vaughan said.
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