A former Test player with 41 appearances to his name, Turner recently ended a four-season coaching stint with Otago.
His previous stint in the selection panel in 1995-96 was not a good one as differences with the players came out openly and he was subsequently dropped as coach and selection convenor.
"I would think the right time to become involved is now while the players are still fresh in the mind - not after having had a break," Turner told NZPA.
"I've still got a very keen interest and intend doing a professional job," he added.
Turner's presence will give variety to the bowler-dominated panel headed by John Bracewell that has Sir Richard Hadlee, Brian McKechnie and Ross Dykes as its other members.