John Buchanan, the New Zealand director of cricket, has singled out the need for accountability as the main reason behind introducing a selection structure in the country that gives the head coach the final say in picking a squad. Buchanan, in a significant decision in his new role with New Zealand Cricket (NZC), dismantled the national selection panel, placing the responsibility of picking teams with the head coach along with a national selection manager - both posts are currently occupied by John Wright and in a caretaker capacity by Mark Greatbatch respectively - with the former taking the final call.
"The role of the coach needs to be elevated in terms of its authority around a group of people or a squad," Buchanan told Harsha Bhogle on ESPNcricinfo's Time Out audio show. "The team manager will have a significant role in that side as well, as indeed the captain. It's still, in a sense, not far removed from what existing cricket structures are, but the coach will be the one with the final say in most matters.
"In terms of selection it is designed to reduce the amount of noise around the squad - there can be so many people who can impact the way the team operates. So, we'll be appointing a national selection manager and that person's role is to design a system and process that enables the best choice of squads to be delivered to a head coach. The national coach and the national selection manager will pick the squad for a home or overseas series, and it's then ultimately up to the head coach who chooses the final side."