Apr 082013

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) could have a new board by July, as it looks to introduce changes around the election of directors.

NZC wants feedback from its major and district association on a proposed new constitution by May 15, with the aim of convening a special general meeting in July.

The new constitution has been drafted after input from a wide cross-section of the cricketing community, drafting committee chairman Don Mackinnon said on Monday.

It maintains many of the provisions contained in the current constitution, but introduces a number of changes around the election of directors.

Proposed changes include:

* all board directors elected with no appointed members

* board vacancies advertised publicly and anyone can apply

* all board candidates assessed by the appointments panel, with the best applicants short listed for interview by the panel

* each candidate recommended for election must receive more than 50 per cent of the votes cast at the annual meeting to be elected

* provision for remuneration to be paid to NZC directors if the appointments panel recommends it and it is approved at the annual meeting.

The appointments panel will comprise five people – an NZC board-nominated convenor, three major association chairmen (rotated each year from the six major associations) and one person nominated by Sport New Zealand.

Mackinnon says the main reason for adopting the new constitution was to ensure NZC had the best people in key roles.

NZC board chairman Chris Moller, who is overseas, has welcomed reports that a group of former captains, players and coaches plan to bid for NZC board membership.


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