A risk worth taking: Daniel Vettori proved the hunch of Ross Dykes © Getty Images

Ross Dykes has resigned after 13 years on the New Zealand selection panel, to become the chief executive of the Otago Cricket Association. Dykes, 60, has been involved with the national set-up since 1990, apart from one season when Glenn Turner was coach and convenor.

"The Otago position is a fulltime job which a New Zealand selector isn't," he told the New Zealand Herald. "It's an exciting challenge."

Despite never playing Test cricket, Dykes, a first-class wicketkeeper for Auckland, told the paper he always had a good rapport with the players. "We had some good, frank discussions," he said. "I enjoyed every minute of it."

He said the selection of Daniel Vettori was his highest-paying gamble, in a decision shared by the coach Steve Rixon. "We came to each other and simultaneously said we have to go with him," he said. "He was always going to emerge, but we put him in very early."

Turner is expected to replace Dykes on the four-man panel that also includes John Bracewell, Sir Richard Hadlee and Brian McKechnie.