John Buchanan has left his role as New Zealand’s director of cricket, following a shake-up of selection procedure from New Zealand Cricket.

The former Australia coach has left his position after two years despite  still having had two years remaining on his contract.

But a press release from NZC said that he was leaving his rule “due to family circumstances”, and he will be moving back to Australia.

The 60-year-old’s exit was simultaneous with the announcement of a changing of the selection system, which will now see the coach have the final say over which players are picked, as opposed to a selection panel.

Buchanan helped achieve multiple successes in his time as Australia’s coach, as he oversaw two World Cups being won, as well as three Ashes series victories, including a 5-0 whitewash in the 2006/07 series, and his team are renowned as one of the greatest of all time.

But he has suffered a difficult time with the Black Caps, as he was initially brought in to oversee their new high performance programme, but a number of differences with the coaching staff has made his job a difficult one.

Team coach John Wright stood down after supposed disagreements with Buchanan in 2012, while he also fell out with NZC chief executive David White, over taking the captaincy away from Ross Taylor.

The NZC release said: "Buchanan, who took up the role at NZC in May 2011, is disappointed to be leaving NZC at this time as he has enjoyed his work there. However, due to family circumstances, he has decided to return to Australia.

"Buchanan's return to Australia will give him the opportunity to explore other roles and consultancies with his business, Buchanan Success Coaching."

His appointment of Kim Littlejohn as national selection manager caused controversy, as he had no experience of cricket, and was known for being Australian lawn bowls manager.

Unconventional methods such as this and reliance on statistics to help with team selections are said to have contributed to him leaving.

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