OCA after two selectors to join panel

Rob Walter
Rob Walter
Help is on the way for the Otago Volts as support emerges from the "woodwork".

The Otago Cricket Association is advertising for two selectors to help Volts head coach Rob Walter.

The move comes after an independent report into the season recommended the re-establishment of a selection panel headed by an independent convener.

OCA performance and talent manager Simon Forde felt it was always going to be a challenge to find the right people with the prerequisite cricket knowledge and the mana to challenge the thinking concerning selection.

But Forde has been pleasantly surprised with "some quality people ringing and expressing interest".

"I guess the whole point is it has come out of the review that we need that independence around selection," Forde said.

"The way we are going to set it up is to have a convener who is person who is a real process person.

"And the we are looking at an independent person - someone outside of the organisation - who has genuine cricketing knowledge and expertise who can challenge Rob on the decisions he is making."

The roles will continue to be advertised until the end of the week and Forde hopes to make an appointment by the end of the month.

He is confident some strong candidates have been unearthed who meet the criteria but the challenge will be over how much time those people can spend watching cricket.

It is a paid role but Forde suggested the amounts involved were more about covering expenses, so "we have to be really realistic about the amount of time a person can commit to it".

"But there are people and they have come out of the woodwork. There are ex-players who have recently been involved and who continue to be interested and engaged in what is happening."

Forde declined to say who had expressed interest but someone like Warren McSkimming would fit the bill. The former Volts medium pacer has helped out as a part-time bowling coach.

Former Otago and Northern Districts left-armer Bradley Scott would be a strong addition as well.

The OCA has also advertised for an assistant coach. Incumbent Anton Roux's two-year contract has expired. Applications closed on Wednesday but Roux is expected to re-employed.


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