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Black Caps lose Insley to South Australia

Black Caps performance manager Simon Insley is set to take up a new position as general manager cricket at the South Australian Cricket Association.

Insley started in his role with the Black Caps during the 2022 tour of England and will finish at the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States.

His time with the team has covered one of the busiest periods in Black Caps history, with more than 100 international fixtures, including three ICC white ball tournaments in two years, and an evolving contracting environment in response to the rapid expansion of franchise cricket.

Englishman Insley said it had been “an honour to be part of the Black Caps environment”.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with a fantastic group of players and staff during my time as part of the team.

“Forty-three players have represented the Black Caps during that time and I’m excited about the team’s future”.

Insley said he was looking forward to the upcoming challenge in the Caribbean and the United States, ahead of turning his attention to his new role.

“Whilst my focus is squarely on the tournament ahead I’m excited by the new challenge ahead of me with South Australia, and the opportunity to connect with the South Australian cricket community.”

Black Caps head coach Gary Stead expressed his gratitude to Insley for his time with the team.

“Simon has been a great person to have in the team environment,” Stead said .

“His range of skills and experience have been invaluable in helping us navigate the rapid changes we’ve seen in the cricket landscape over the last few years.

“We will be sorry to see him go but want to wish him the best of luck in Adelaide.”

NZC chief executive Scott Weenink said the search for Insley’s replacement would start immediately.

“Finding someone with his range of skills won’t be an easy task, hence our decision to advertise immediately.”