New Zealand news November 1, 2010

Geoff Allott quits New Zealand Cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Geoff Allott has resigned from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in the wake of the team's disastrous tour of Bangladesh, where they lost the one-day series 4-0. Allott, the general manager of cricket, will step down from his role, which focused on developing a long-term high-performance strategy, at the end of November.

"It became evident during my work on that strategy that New Zealand Cricket may require a different allocation of resources within high performance in the future," Allott said. "This was reinforced to me during the recent review following the Bangladesh tour.

"I believe our elite athletes and teams need a combination of the best available high performance expertise and the knowledge of cricket experts who understand the technical aspects of the game. On that basis the high performance structure that I consider is best for cricket's future would be different to the current structure and with a different allocation of resources.

"I have effectively restructured myself out of a job, but I truly believe this to be in the best interests of cricket. This was a difficult decision for me to make because I am passionate about the game that has given me so much. After a break with my family, I will consider several other opportunities that exist, both inside and outside of cricket."

Allott, the former Test fast bowler, joined NZC two years ago as part of a restructure of the organisation. NZC's chief executive Justin Vaughan said praised Allott's efforts in his time with NZC.

"Geoff has made an enormous contribution to cricket in New Zealand," Vaughan said. "He was instrumental in the negotiation of the ground-breaking eight-year agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and has led the development of the high performance strategy with the unique insights that a former international cricketer can bring to the process."

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  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    About time he went, he was a real dunce. high performance? is fine for amateurs trying to achive their best in an Olympic setting,. It does not work with professionals. The problem for NZC is to sort out the dross that exists in the organisation including the team manger. Go back to the plan you were given 2 years ago under a previous coach and slowly build a new team around the young players now coming through, who need time to build their confidence and control the older players reaching the end of their playing days.How can you select McCullam to open the batting given his recent record with the bat its not about sentiment and what he has done previously he is now worn out put him out to graze with the sheep.

  • Emerey on November 1, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Anyone else find it ironic Geoff allott was involved in a job "which focused on developing a long-term high-performance strategy".

  • sdsdsdasd on November 1, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Well said soorajiyer . " Is there low performance strategy elsewhere in NZ?" ha ha

  • Ben on November 1, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    He didnt leave as a result of the Bangladesh tour. He left because Justin Vaughan has botched NZC up so completely. Where was Justin Vaughan when it came to fronting up about the teams performance. He is only ever in front of the camera if he has goods news to bask in.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    what goes up,must come long new zealand cricket

  • Rakesh on November 1, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    The problem with NZ is they never do smooth transition from senior to junior cricket. Stephen Fleming, the most successful player should have continued till world cup 2011. He is just 37. Tendulkar is still playing of course without any responsibility of leading a team just to score runs.If Stephen was there ,it would have provided welcome balance. I think Stephen was treated very badly.

  • Gopalakrishna on November 1, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Some times I wonder what is this "high performance strategy"? Is there low performance strategy elsewhere in NZ? People around the world are making this wonderful sport mechanical game. IPL, ICL, High Performance Team, fielding coach and so on.. Wish cricket was what it was when I started watching it.. All about talent and less of talk!

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