New Zealand news July 19, 2013

John Buchanan to leave New Zealand cricket

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Former Australia coach John Buchanan has left his job as New Zealand's director of cricket after overseeing a turbulent two years. The announcement of Buchanan's departure came within minutes of NZC revealing its new selection procedure, where the national team coach will have final say over the picking of teams.

A NZC press release said Buchanan, whose contract ran till the 2015 World Cup, has moved out of the influential role "due to family circumstances", and that he would be moving back to Australia.

Buchanan's exit comes days after one of his controversial appointments, former Australia lawn bowls manager Kim Littlejohn, said he wouldn't be applying for an extension to his contract as national selector, which ends in September.

"Buchanan, who took up the role at NZC in May 2011, is disappointed to be leaving NZC at this time as he has enjoyed his work there. However, due to family circumstances, he has decided to return to Australia," the NZC release said. "Buchanan's return to Australia will give him the opportunity to explore other roles and consultancies with his business, Buchanan Success Coaching."

When he was appointed to the newly created role of director of cricket, Buchanan was told to employ "consistent coaching strategies and oversee the entire high-performance programme". His unconventional methods, including the recruitment of Littlejohn - a man with little cricket experience - as national selection manager, and the heavy reliance on statistics to guide team selections, were not to everyone's liking.

A year after Buchanan's appointment, the national coach John Wright stood down, saying his differences with Buchanan played a part in the decision. Seven months ago, Buchanan also admitted to a difficult relationship with NZC chief executive David White, mainly due to the controversial axing of Ross Taylor as captain. Around that time, the team was ranked below Bangladesh in ODIs, and were a lowly eighth in Tests and Twenty20s.

This was Buchanan's first major job in international cricket after eight years as Australia's coach, during which he oversaw a golden run including three World Cup victories and a dominant Test side.

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  • Number1CricketFan on July 26, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    one man cannot be responsible for whats happened to NZC in the last two years. I think he's done a great job.

  • on July 21, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    From an Australian point of view Buchanan is rubbish. He inherited the best Australian team ever and was given guaranteed success by default. Every other team he has been involved with since then has performed terribly.

  • balajik1968 on July 20, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    I think Buchanan is overrated. He was lucky to inherit a great Aussie team which had been moulded by Simpson and Geoff Marsh. He was a pathetic failure with KKR in the IPL.

  • CricketChat on July 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Thank goodness NZ now have chance to progress forward! They should get either an SA or Indian coach next time. With a small talent pool to chose from, coaches and NZ fans need patience to find and groom a set of players that can play for 6-10 yrs into the future.

  • xylo on July 19, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Whether he oversee two turbulent years or caused two turbulent years is debatable.

  • on July 19, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    John Buchanan coached KKR also. He has his own way of doing things. He is shrewed & adament. Tough gentleman, his own ways. Never get convinced. The main thing is the differences. Everyone has good & bad times. Let us face it. Finally a bright light will come @ the end. John Buchanan means J-Jolly O-orderly H-Honesty N-Naughty B-Beauty U-Utility C-Charity H-Honourary A-Amnesty N-Nicely A-Army N-Noisely. Wish you all the best for the future years to come.

  • Min2000 on July 19, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ Tony Hughes - sounds a lot like Robbie Deans.

  • on July 19, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Wright is right for NZ. Is there any chance of NZ getting him back?

  • on July 19, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight. Didn't know, Buchanan's family is based in Surrey County, England! That is news! ( I am inferring from the statement that he is quitting the NZ job, for 'family reasons'! )

  • on July 19, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    In fairness, the odds were kind of stacked against him from the start. Outsider, somewhat of a maverick in terms of his approach and, probably the toughest thing - he didn't have a lot to work with in terms of ability.

  • Number1CricketFan on July 26, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    one man cannot be responsible for whats happened to NZC in the last two years. I think he's done a great job.

  • on July 21, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    From an Australian point of view Buchanan is rubbish. He inherited the best Australian team ever and was given guaranteed success by default. Every other team he has been involved with since then has performed terribly.

  • balajik1968 on July 20, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    I think Buchanan is overrated. He was lucky to inherit a great Aussie team which had been moulded by Simpson and Geoff Marsh. He was a pathetic failure with KKR in the IPL.

  • CricketChat on July 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Thank goodness NZ now have chance to progress forward! They should get either an SA or Indian coach next time. With a small talent pool to chose from, coaches and NZ fans need patience to find and groom a set of players that can play for 6-10 yrs into the future.

  • xylo on July 19, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Whether he oversee two turbulent years or caused two turbulent years is debatable.

  • on July 19, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    John Buchanan coached KKR also. He has his own way of doing things. He is shrewed & adament. Tough gentleman, his own ways. Never get convinced. The main thing is the differences. Everyone has good & bad times. Let us face it. Finally a bright light will come @ the end. John Buchanan means J-Jolly O-orderly H-Honesty N-Naughty B-Beauty U-Utility C-Charity H-Honourary A-Amnesty N-Nicely A-Army N-Noisely. Wish you all the best for the future years to come.

  • Min2000 on July 19, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ Tony Hughes - sounds a lot like Robbie Deans.

  • on July 19, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Wright is right for NZ. Is there any chance of NZ getting him back?

  • on July 19, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight. Didn't know, Buchanan's family is based in Surrey County, England! That is news! ( I am inferring from the statement that he is quitting the NZ job, for 'family reasons'! )

  • on July 19, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    In fairness, the odds were kind of stacked against him from the start. Outsider, somewhat of a maverick in terms of his approach and, probably the toughest thing - he didn't have a lot to work with in terms of ability.

  • on July 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Family reasons, yeah right!

  • on July 19, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Buchanan is what NZ did not need. Being unconventional necessarily does not mean you are wise. I worry the next team he is going to haunt

  • Min2000 on July 19, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    I don't know what Buchanan was doing in his role here in New Zealand. All I know is that we were paying him quite a lot of money to do it. For me, Buchanan is a coach, not an administrator… which makes me wonder why he was hired in the first place.

    Rumour has it that he was unhappy with the sacking of Taylor, although I dont remember him actually offering a comment, not then or since.

  • on July 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ but which team is going to suffer now?

  • Snowbadger15 on July 19, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Finally, he has been really toxic to the new zealand cricket board though this board clean out should have happened after the tests against south Africa early this year.

  • littleduck on July 19, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Queensland is looking for a coach...

  • Cyril_Knight on July 19, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    I've heard Buchanan is joining Graeme Smith at Surrey next season. One last project and big pay day to finish his career.

    I'd welcome the appointment. He and Smith would make a formidable pairing and get the best from a talented yet underachieving squad.

  • on July 19, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    D-Day! D for deliverance! This warrants celebration; NZ Cricket. Congratulations.

    Now, watch out Australia. Guys like Buchanan & Greg has a way of finding the entry gates to Oz Cricket Administration, in one form or the other!

  • on July 19, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    GOOD!! He was the worst thing to happen to NZ cricket...

  • TATTUs on July 19, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Well left mate! well left. The ball was outside off stump and you tried to poke it one too many times.

  • on July 19, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Best thing to happen to NZC!

  • 11_Warrior on July 19, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    There are many test palying nation left even now.....

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 19, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    He can come back to Australia.

  • on July 19, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    These Aussie gr8"s ensure their greatness wherever they put their hands !!! Now quitting after leaving NZ ckt in doldrums :-)

  • Kiwi_Gav on July 19, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Hurray OK Hettypie spill the beans then....

  • on July 19, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Does this mean he'll be in the CA set-up within 3 months?

  • 22many on July 19, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    sorry guys I totally disagree...the wrong person has gone here, but I bet he is real happy to be finally on his way home. Take a close look behind the curtain of NZC and you will see the truth...something those in power no nothing about.

  • Jordanious77 on July 19, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    yayy about time!! This is probably the best thing to happen to NZC since Kane Williamson.

  • on July 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Any cricket board that side with John Buchanan over John Wright deserves this fate..

  • on July 19, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Farewell and good riddance. Too bad he didn't leave before the departure of John Wright.

  • thenoostar on July 19, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    We have done quite well in the short formats under the current setup.

  • kangaroussy on July 19, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    It's as if four million souls let out a sigh of relief.

  • yetigoat on July 19, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Watch out cricket world, NZ is coming to get you

  • on July 19, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Finally the clean out starts - about time!

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  • on July 19, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Finally the clean out starts - about time!

  • yetigoat on July 19, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Watch out cricket world, NZ is coming to get you

  • kangaroussy on July 19, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    It's as if four million souls let out a sigh of relief.

  • thenoostar on July 19, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    We have done quite well in the short formats under the current setup.

  • on July 19, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Farewell and good riddance. Too bad he didn't leave before the departure of John Wright.

  • on July 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Any cricket board that side with John Buchanan over John Wright deserves this fate..

  • Jordanious77 on July 19, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    yayy about time!! This is probably the best thing to happen to NZC since Kane Williamson.

  • 22many on July 19, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    sorry guys I totally disagree...the wrong person has gone here, but I bet he is real happy to be finally on his way home. Take a close look behind the curtain of NZC and you will see the truth...something those in power no nothing about.

  • on July 19, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Does this mean he'll be in the CA set-up within 3 months?

  • Kiwi_Gav on July 19, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Hurray OK Hettypie spill the beans then....