It did not feel right when Glenn Turner was sidelined
After six years as a national selector, his services were no
longer required. Kim Littlejohn was appointed as national
selection manager and the independent selection panel of
Turner, Mark Greatbatch and Lance Cairns was dumped.
It seemed a terrible waste not being able to tap into
Turner's vast well of knowledge and, thankfully, common sense
Turner and fellow New Zealand batting great Martin Crowe have
been appointed as high performance talent scouts.
Neither has a role on the selection panel, so in that respect
it is more of a token position. But the pair will be
responsible for providing reports to Littlejohn and Black
Caps coach Mike Hesson.
Crowe will report on Auckland's games, while Turner will
cover Otago's home games.
Their brief is to provide reports on cricketers who have the
potential to represent the Black Caps, New Zealand A or the
national under-19 side.
"You feel like you are more likely to make some sort of a
contribution if you are inside the tent than if you are
outside of it," Turner said.
"Having said that, this is still a very minor role. I'm not a
selector, I'm just putting forward recommendations.
"I guess because the coach can't watch any provincial stuff,
they feel like they need more eyes and I think the coaches
have asked for that."
The previous arrangement had the provincial coaches, who have
an obvious conflict of interest, providing the scouting
The appointment of Turner and Crowe is a small step towards
restoring an independent panel of selectors.