Wellington, July 19 : New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Friday announced that former Australian coach John Buchanan has left his role as the country's director of cricket with immediate effect.
"New Zealand Cricket and its Director of Cricket John Buchanan have announced today that Buchanan will be leaving NZC, effective 19 July 2013," the NZC said in a statement on Friday.

It said Buchanan was leaving the job due to 'family circumstances'.

"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," the NZC said.

"Buchanan's return to Australia will give him the opportunity to explore other roles and consultancies with his business Buchanan Success Coaching. He is grateful to NZC for giving him a chance to be its Director of Cricket, and to work with many outstanding individuals within the organisation," it said.

The NZC said it respected Buchanan's decision to return home.
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(Posted on 19 July 2013, 1670299243 35O172O224O102)