Cricket: Former first-class player Scott Weenink to be named as new NZ Cricket chief executive

Former provincial cricketer Scott Weenink has been appointed NZ Cricket's new chief executive, replacing David White at the helm of the national organisation. 

Born in Christchurch, Weenink, 50, represented Wellington, playing 12 first-class games, along with seven 'List A' matches.

"It was a great honour to be offered the position," Weenink said. "I love sport and cricket in particular, and I also love the business of sport, so this seemed like an ideal role.

New NZ Cricket chief executive Scott Weenink.
New NZ Cricket chief executive Scott Weenink. Photo credit: Supplied

"There's a finely balanced, symbiotic relationship between community and high performance cricket in New Zealand, and one of my key responsibilities is to ensure that's maintained and sustained into the future."

As a qualified lawyer, Weenink is currently NZ Cricket Players Association chair, but boasts experience in governance roles across Asia and the Middle East.

NZ Cricket chair Martin Snedden outlines Weenink was the preferred candidate, after a thorough search to replace White.

"Scott had a great deal to offer in all the key areas, plus some special experiences that specifically suited the skillset needed in this position," said Snedden.

"He understands the relationship between community and high performance sport, he's very familiar with world cricket affairs and current issues, and he's spent a significant time running organisations and projects within Asia, obviously a major region of importance for NZC.

"His beliefs and philosophies align very easily to NZC's overarching strategy and purpose. We're very pleased he's accepted our offer."

In White's tenure as chief executive, the Blackcaps reached four world finals across all three forms of the game, winning the 2021 World Test Championship.

As an administrator, White also oversaw the new landmark master agreement with the NZ Cricket Players Association.

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