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David White, CEO of New Zealand Cricket, should resign

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David White has shown a desire to devalue Test cricket in New Zealand. Recent pronouncements that Test series will be reduced to two matches per series and for the Plunket Shield to be reduced to a single round show a clear determination to reduce the scope and value of Test cricket in the New Zealand context. This petition fundamentally believes that the reduction of Test and First Class cricket is not in the interests of cricket fans and players, and that the replacement of Test cricket with more short-form versions will ultimately devalue those forms too through oversaturation.

Conversely, David White seems to believe in the oversaturation of T20 cricket. This is evidenced by the disregard that he and his team have shown to high-profile series, particularly the Chappell-Hadlee, which are being cannibalised for more T20I matches and diminishing the brand and profile of these esteemed series. This in itself shows a monumental lack of vision. T20 is best played at provincial level as exhibited by the success of franchise leagues like the BBL, IPL and CPL. Not only do these cater for the shorter form market, but provide a great opportunity for the best players to maximise their income in a relatively short window to ensure primacy can still be provided to Test and ODI cricket at the international level. White has shown either no vision or no ability to negotiate with Cricket Australia to incorporate New Zealand representation in the Big Bash League, which highlights his lack of strategic skills.

David White has presided over a period of stagnation of New Zealand Cricket since taking over in late 2011. Particular highlights include the Ross Taylor captaincy debacle, which regardless of the rights and wrongs of the change in captaincy, was handled appallingly by NZC and the poor handling of players such as Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell.

If David White does not show a willingness to consider the desire of fans and players to see a mixed diet of cricket, which includes Test and first class cricket as a centrepiece then he should resign immediately.



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