David Moore, who played one first-class game for New South Wales in the 1980s, has been appointed as the state's general manager of cricket performance.

The newly-created role is similar to the one occupied by Pat Howard at national level and it is no coincidence that Andrew Jones, the Cricket NSW chief executive who oversaw Moore's appointment, had previously been a key figure in the Argus Review and the creation of Howard's job with Cricket Australia.

A Cricket NSW restructure in April led to the creation of the new position when the three departments of state cricket, operations and umpiring were combined into one elite cricket unit.

Although applicants from around the world were sought, it was a home-grown candidate who won the role - Moore had been serving as coach education manager at Cricket NSW.

A wicketkeeper who played one Sheffield Shield match in 1986-87, Moore was acting head coach of West Indies in 2007 after the departure of Bennett King, and later served as coach of Bermuda. Jones said Moore's varied experience, including having been a senior coach at the Centre of Excellence from 2002 to 2004, would serve the state well.

"David combines intelligence and drive with extensive local and international coaching and educational experience," Jones said. "Like all past Blues players, he also has a deep knowledge of, and passion for, NSW Cricket, and wants us to be the best.

"I am confident he will help the Blues and Breakers coaches and players build on their recent success and also drive sustainable improvement through our male and female pathways."