Buchanan appointed as NZC`s director

Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 16:45 PM IST

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Friday named former Australia coach John Buchanan as it`s new director and said that the 58-year-old will resume duty from May.

Buchanan will be in charge of the new high performance programme besides establishing a consistent coaching philosophy across the country. He will be responsible for implementation of a talent identification programme and will also oversee the selection panel.

"John`s appointment is an exciting one for New Zealand Cricket. He has a great cricketing pedigree and will provide outstanding leadership as NZC look to move forward," said New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan.

Buchanan, who was at the helm of the Australian team for eight years during which they won three World Cup titles, said he was proud to be a part of the New Zealand cricket set-up.

"It`s an honour to be appointed to this challenging role. It is a wonderful opportunity to build on the work that has been done," Buchanan was quoted as saying by NZPA.

"New Zealand Cricket has a proud history and is a true honour to be given the responsibility. I want to be part of the next successful era and I am committed to building sustainable high performance for New Zealand Cricket," the Queenslander added.

Buchanan has not been in the thick of things since retiring as Aussie coach in 2007. The 58-year-old, though, had a coaching stint with Kolkata Knight Riders before being sacked in June 2009.