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Edgar stands down as New Zealand selector

New Zealand chief selector Bruce Edgar Getty Images

Bruce Edgar has stood down from his role as New Zealand's chief selector after failing to come to terms with New Zealand Cricket on a new contract. NZC said in a statement that the talent identification portion of Edgar's role was set to be expanded from part-time to a full-time position, and Edgar did not accept the revised role and terms.

Edgar had been chief selector since 2013 and had worked with coach Mike Hesson to bring a number of young players into the national side with success. His contract finished at the end of April, a month after New Zealand reached the World Cup final for the first time.

"It's been one of the most successful periods for New Zealand Cricket, and it's been a privilege to be a part of that," Edgar said. "In particular, it's been great to see the progress of the New Zealand Test team, and the development of so many new players coming through. We just couldn't come to terms."

Lindsay Crocker, the head of cricket with NZC, said Edgar could deservedly feel a sense of accomplishment in the performance of teams he helped select.

"Bruce has been an excellent sounding board for Mike; a trusted colleague and a good, independent thinker," Crocker said. "We're certainly disappointed to see him leave ... Bruce felt he was unable to accept the revised role and terms and, while it's a decision we regret, it's also one we respect. He departs with our gratitude for a selection job well done, and with our best wishes in future endeavours."

NZC said that changes to Edgar's role were fuelled by the need to expand the national talent identification component of his job, which NZC "deemed a priority if recent successes on the international stage were to be sustained". The search for a part-time selector and full-time talent ID position will commence shortly.