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John Wright favourite to succeed Charlesworth at NZC

October 19, 2007 15:51 IST

Former Team India coach John Wright is favourite to succeed Ric Charlesworth as New Zealand Cricket's next High Performance Manager.

Australian hockey legend Charlesworth quite the NZC job earlier this week to join the Indian Hockey Federation as Technical Director and NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan admitted Wright stands a good chance of filling the void.

"I think he (Wright) would be a strong contender, but we have to look at what other options there might be," Vaughan was quoted as saying by The Dominion Post.

"We'll hopefully make a decision sooner rather than later on Ric's replacement," he added.

Vaughan heaped praise on Charlesworth but added he was not surprised by the Aussie's decision to quit the job because he was more of a "change agent".

"Since his arrival at New Zealand Cricket in 2005, Ric has made great improvements to our high performance area and his contribution will be greatly missed.

"I am certain that many of Ric's changes will be long-lasting, both from a structural aspect and more importantly, from a cultural perspective," Vaughan said.

Wright had a fruitful five-year association with the Indian cricket team, during which he guided the side to a World Cup final, but since then, he has turned down a number of offers.

The former Kiwi captain, however, has been involved with NZC on various projects over the last six months with his only full-time job being coach of New Zealand 'A' that toured Australia earlier this month.

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