Hadlee and Snedden set for NZC board roles

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 16:08 12/09/2013
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WELATH OF EXPERIENCE: Sir Richard Hadlee is one of three former internationals named on the NZC board.

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Former internationals Sir Richard Hadlee, Martin Snedden and Geoff Allott are set to return to New Zealand Cricket as part of a revamped board of directors.

All three have played prominent roles at NZC.

Hadlee, the country's greatest player, was chairman of selectors until 2008, Snedden was chief executive from 2001-07 and Allott general manager from 2008-10.

The trio were among the eight names confirmed by NZC today as being recommended by an appointments panel for election at a special general meeting in Auckland next Thursday.

The only three incumbent board members seeking re-election, Stuart Heal, Don Mackinnon and Greg Barclay, all made the cut along with two new faces, Liz Dawson and Neil Craig.

Dawson sits on the boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the New Zealand Racing Board, the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and the Hurricanes rugby franchise.

Craig is an experienced business leader and company director who was formerly on the board of Mighty River Power and the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

Snedden appeals as the likely successor to the outgoing chairman, Chris Moller, given his background.

Snedden was a popular and respected NZC chief executive. 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.

Hadlee was largely unseen in cricketing circles since he finished as selection boss. He reappeared this year as chairman of the panel to select the new general manager national selection, which went to Bruce Edgar. Hadlee 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.

The capture of the former internationals will add some much-needed cricketing clout.

After the departures of Robbie Hart and Stephen Boock, 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.

The appointments panel headed by NZC president Boock, had a chance to add a fourth prominent former international to the mix.

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

Moller challenged former internationals to apply after some vocal criticism of the board.

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

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. 

- © Fairfax NZ News

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