Allott says not a casualty of B'desh tour

Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 14:13 [IST]
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Not a casualty of B'desh tour: Allott

New Zealand Cricket's General Manager Geoff Allott has contradicted reports that he had resigned his post in reaction to the Black Caps' recent debacle in Bangladesh where they lost 0-4 in the ODI series.

"I appreciate the connection that will be made timing-wise. I'm not a casualty," Stuff.co.nz quoted Allott, as saying.

Allott, who held the post for a little over 23 months, was bequeathed the responsibility to oversee the development of a long-term performance strategy. He had claimed that it became clear in recent months that a different approach would be required for the team.

"This was reinforced to me during the recent review following the Bangladesh tour. I believe our elite athletes and teams need a combination of the best available high performance expertise and the knowledge of cricket experts who understand the technical aspects of the game," Allott had said.

"On that basis the high performance structure that I consider is best for cricket's future would be different to the current structure, and with a different allocation of resources. I have effectively restructured myself out of a job, but I truly believe this to be in the best interests of cricket," he added.

The 40-year-old will leave the national body at the end of November.


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