New Zealand Cricket November 1, 2008

Allott takes lead role with New Zealand Cricket

Cricinfo staff

Geoff Allott played ten Tests and 31 one-day internationals © Laurence Griffiths /Allsport

Geoff Allott, the former New Zealand fast bowler, has been appointed the general manager of cricket with New Zealand Cricket (NZC). In the newly-created role, Allott will oversee the cricket operations and coaching, management and selection of the New Zealand side.

The new position was created as part of a restructure within NZC this year and Justin Vaughan, the chief executive, said it was a key role for the success of the team. "Geoff brings a track record of achievement, both as a respected international cricketer and through his recent experience building and managing a successful business," Vaughan said.

"This is an important new role for New Zealand Cricket. Geoff will be pulling together our high performance cricket areas, driving world-class performance and ensuring we reach our strategic goals."

Allott, 36, played ten Tests and 31 ODIs in an international career that lasted from 1996 to 2000. A left-arm fast bowler, Allott was one of the stars at the 1999 World Cup, where his 20 wickets put him at the head of the bowling tally equal with Shane Warne. Following his retirement in 2001, Allott moved into a career in banking and finance.

"Our game has a good foundation to build on over the coming years and tremendous scope for improvement," Allott said. "I'm excited about being able to contribute and make a difference."