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Canterbury boss Germon catches Sydney job

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/03/2017

Canterbury Cricket boss Lee Germon is quitting to take up the general manager's role with the Sydney Thunder.

In July the former New Zealand Test captain and wicket-keeper will replace Nick Cummins, who is switching to Cricket Tasmania.

Germon, 48, has been Canterbury chief executive since 2008 and before that was with the fledgling Tasman Rugby Union.

"From my first-hand experience with the Sydney Thunder what really appeals to me is the culture of the club and the positive change from where it has come from over the past four years," Germon said in a statement.

"The Big Bash has been phenomenal. It's been put up in lights in New Zealand and my son is a big Sydney Thunder fan. He watches every game on TV and I think he wears his Thunder shirt more than his Canterbury one."

Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones says German has proven leadership skills and a strong background in administration.

"More than that Lee has a strong vision for the future. The Thunder already has sell-out crowds and impressive television ratings and Lee intends to make it the most-loved club in Australia."

Canterbury Cricket says Germon will step down at the end of June and he leaves with their best wishes.

Germon's 12-Test career was notable for him being named captain in 1995 without having played at the highest level before.

He also played 37 one-day internationals.

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