9 Jul 2015

Larsen becomes Black Caps selector

11:57 am on 9 July 2015

Former international Gavin Larsen has been appointed as a New Zealand Cricket selector, filling the truncated role recently vacated by Bruce Edgar.

The new Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen.

The new Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Larsen, who played eight Tests and 121 One Day Internationals for New Zealand between 1990 and 1999, will assist the Black Caps coach Mike Hesson in selecting New Zealand Test, ODI and T20 squads, as well as the New Zealand 'A' side.

New Zealand Cricket's Head of Cricket Lindsay Crocker said Larsen's credentials stood him in good stead for the position.

"Gavin will be a real asset," said Crocker.

"His breadth of experience - as a player, as a Cricket World Cup administrator and a former chief executive of Cricket Wellington means he's stayed close and connected to the game."

Larsen, Cricket Operations Manager for New Zealand during the ICC Cricket World Cup, said he was thrilled about playing a part in an operation which had made clear gains over the past couple of years.

"I have the utmost respect and admiration for the way the Black Caps have moved things forward under Mike's direction and I'm looking forward to helping that progress continue," he said.

"It's impossible not to be impressed by the consistency and stability of the selection process in recent years, which, I believe, points to excellence in terms of leadership."

Larsen's first responsibility in the new role was assisting in the selection of the Black Caps squad for Zimbabwe and South Africa, which will be announced tomorrow.

Former international Edgar stepped down from his role after deciding against accepting a revised NZC selection role.

Edgar says he and New Zealand Cricket couldn't come to terms with the national body wanting to expand the National Talent Identification component of his job from a part-time to a fulltime position.

Edgar is now coaching the Wellington provincial cricket team.

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