Surely it's wrong that Wright's the man leaving
OPINION: Don't you just get that gut-gnawing feeling that the wrong man's leaving?
John Wright is philosophically at odds with New Zealand Cricket's Aussie import and director of cricket, John Buchanan.
And unfortunately it's Wright who's decided to weigh anchor and leave the listing ship.
Wright's rejected New Zealand Cricket's offer of a contract through until the 2015 World Cup and will quit when his original deal expires in August after the West Indies tour, just 18 months after taking over.
Wright always appealed as the logical choice to inherit the Black Caps' coaching mantle, with his old school commonsense, no-nonsense approach immediately putting him on side with a swag of New Zealand cricket supporters tired of seeing their team underachieving.
New Zealand's test win over Australia in Hobart last December provided some encouraging signs that we finally had a coach capable of instilling some fight into a perennially erratic bunch of Black Caps.
Regulation limited overs and test victories over Zimbabwe followed and then South Africa happened.
What that did was, rather than point the finger at Wright for some lame one-day international performances, instead remind us that the process of transforming our international cricketers into a consistently-performing unit is no quick fix rather a time-consuming and often angst-ridden operation.
Wright has barely even scratched the surface and now, sadly, he won't get the chance to continue the process. Wright's all about guts and pride.
Buchanan's more new-age approach, with its infamous pie chart selection procedures, apparently doesn't appeal to anyone other than the New Zealand Cricket board.
Wright, evidently, would have remained as national coach if the New Zealand Cricket board had accepted chief executive David White's compromise deal to keep Wright in the job by ensuring he wasn't answerable to Buchanan, but instead to White. It was rejected by Chris Moller's board.
It's been reported that Buchanan was critical of Wright in his recent performance review.
Who's running the magnifying glass over Buchanan's performance?
White's been forced into a difficult position.
His appointment came after the current hierarchy was already in place, with his predecessor Justin Vaughan arguably the man to blame for sparking this whole sorry saga by signing Buchanan to a four-year deal.
One of New Zealand's most respected and knowledgeable former players, Glenn Turner, had also previously applied for the national selection manager's post.
Instead, it was questionably awarded to another Australian, Kim Littlejohn, Bowls Australia's former high performance manager and national team manager.
So where exactly is New Zealand Cricket heading?
Good luck sorting this mess out.
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