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Larsen quits as New Zealand selector, to lead Warwickshire high-performance programme

Larsen quits as New Zealand selector, to lead Warwickshire high-performance programme

Wellington, March 3 (SocialNews.XYZ) New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen has decided to step down from his position at New Zealand Cricket and take on the role of high-performance Director at the Warwickshire County Cricket Club (WCCC).

Larsen will move to England with his wife Karen and will be based out of the WCCC's headquarters at Edgbaston, overseeing the county's men's and women's high-performance programmes, the New Zealand Cricket informed in a release on Friday.


A former New Zealand Test and ODI player, Larsen was the chief executive of Cricket Wellington, and the Cricket Operations Manager ahead of the 2015 World Cup, before being appointed the Black Caps' selection manager in 2015.

In the subsequent years, the Black Caps have played in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Final and the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup Final; have won the inaugural ICC World Test Championship and have, at different times, been ranked as the World's No.1 team in each of the three formats.

Larsen said he was extremely grateful to NZC for the opportunity to work alongside the Black Caps' two most successful coaches, first Mike Hesson, and then Gary Stead.

"The past seven and a half years have just flown by and I've relished and enjoyed every minute of it," Larsen said.

"The discussions and deliberations have always been robust and challenging but my enduring memory will always be the quality of the people I've worked with -- from high performance right through to the administration.

"The relationships with everyone: Major Association coaches, BLACKCAPS support staff, the players, and the team at NZC, have always been underpinned by a real sense of trust and goodwill. I've had the time of my life."

Larsen said the new role at Edgbaston represented a new chapter in his career.

"I'm excited and thrilled to be joining Warwickshire. WCCC is a club with an amazing history and tradition and I'm looking forward to joining the team and helping to drive the club's ongoing success.

"I have several great memories of playing at Edgbaston during my New Zealand playing days and the atmosphere were simply terrific."

NZC's GM High-Performance Bryan Stronach said the process to find a replacement for Larsen would commence in due course.

Source: IANS

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