23 Jul 2011

Sandle new Black Caps manager

5:56 pm on 23 July 2011

Blues manager Mike Sandle's been announced as the new manager of the New Zealand men's cricket team, replacing Dave Currie who stepped down from the Black Caps role following the World Cup.

Sandle comes to New Zealand Cricket with a background in the police and in rugby.

The 49-year-old served for 24 years in the police and worked full time as team manager of the Blues Super Rugby team since 2010.

Sandle's time with the police included 11 years as a dog handler and eight years with the Organised Crime Unit. He also served with the Armed Offenders Squad.

Previous team manager roles in rugby dating back to 2001 include the Auckland provincial team, New Zealand Under 19s and the national Divisional side.

Sandle was also the Professional Development Manager for Taranaki Rugby Union in 2007 and 2008.