Hadlee, Snedden to add clout to cricket board

MARK GEENTY AND IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 12/09/2013

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Richard Hadlee and Martin Snedden, formerly two of the most powerful men at New Zealand Cricket, are set to be reunited around the board table.

But former captain, coach and selector Glenn Turner is a notable omission after being interviewed but missing the cut for the revamped board of directors.

Hadlee and Snedden are understood to be the two big names of the eight recommended by the appointments panel, to be announced by NZC today, for election at next Thursday's special general meeting in Auckland.

It is also understood the three incumbents seeking re-election, Stuart Heal, Don Mackinnon and Greg Barclay, all made the cut.

The capture of former chairman of selectors Hadlee, the country's greatest player, and former chief executive Snedden will add some much-needed cricketing clout.

After the departures of Robbie Hart and Stephen Boock, outgoing chairman Chris Moller's board contains no former internationals and struggled for credibility amid the Ross Taylor captaincy fiasco and the tenure of director of cricket John Buchanan who collected a $300,000-plus salary before a messy parting of ways with NZC in July.

Snedden was a popular and respected NZC chief executive from 2001-07. He showed strong leadership during the players' strike of 2002, the Karachi bomb blast the same year, and the refusal to send the Black Caps to Nairobi during the 2003 World Cup due to security fears.

He departed to head Rugby World Cup 2011, then became boss of the Tourism Industry Association.

Snedden previously stated he wouldn't be available for the board until 2015, but has seemingly had a change of heart and is an obvious candidate for chairman.

Hadlee was chairman of selectors until 2008 and was largely unseen in cricketing circles since. He reappeared this year as chairman of the panel to select the new general manager national selection, which went to Bruce Edgar, and also attended the Cricket World Cup launch in an ambassadorial role.

It means Hadlee will follow in the footsteps of father Walter, who served on the NZC board for decades including a stint as chairman from 1973-78.

Moller challenged former internationals to apply, and along with Turner it is understood Geoff Allott, who was NZC's general manager from 2008-10, threw his name in the mix.

Under the new constitution adopted in July, board vacancies were advertised publicly. The appointments panel headed by Boock, the NZC president, included three major association chairmen - Rex Smith (Auckland), Lachlan Muldowney (Northern Districts) and Murray Hughes (Otago) - and John Wells, a nominee of Sport New Zealand.

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The six major associations and 22 district associations will vote to elect the new board next Thursday.

Moller, Bill Francis, Sir John Hansen and Therese Walsh all advised in July they wouldn't seek re-election.

Cricket Wellington chairman Peter Garty is also understood to have applied, along with former White Fern Sarah Illingworth, former New Zealand coach Denis Aberhart and former Auckland batsman and current chief executive of ProcessOne Solutions software company Lindsay Rewcastle.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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