New Zealand news December 12, 2012

NZC apologises to Ross Taylor

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New Zealand Cricket chairman Chris Moller has apologised to Ross Taylor for the manner in which the team's captaincy changeover played out, but he said there was no need for heads to roll over the saga.

Brendon McCullum replaced Taylor as captain in all formats last week after Taylor declined an offer to stay on as leader in Tests only, and the way the captaincy issue was handled left Taylor feeling disaffected enough to sit out of the upcoming tour of South Africa. Much of the tension surrounded the relationship between Taylor and the coach Mike Hesson, who recommended changes in the limited-overs leadership.

"The board has reviewed all aspects of the captaincy issue and wishes to publicly place on record its apologies to Ross Taylor and his family for the manner in which events have unfolded," Moller told a press conference in Wellington on Wednesday.

Moller also said that "additional material" on the captaincy saga had come to light and would be reviewed by NZC. However, he said there was no need for any sackings over the messy way the changeover was played out in the public.

"No heads are going to roll," Moller said. "here were no hanging offences in all of this. Yeah, the ball's been dropped, absolutely. Could we have done things better? Absolutely. Are we going to learn from those mistakes? Well we hope so. Is there any reason for anybody to have their heads taken off? No, and that is a decision the board has made."

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  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    That is NOT an apology, but then he couldn't very well apologise for NZC knifing Ross Taylor from behind with Mike Hesson as his assassin! All Chris Moller is saying is that he's sorry that "the shit hit the fan" and tries to insure that the first head to roll is not his own. That he may be successful with this piece of "maskirovka" (Russian expression for an operation designed to obfuscate and deceive) is obvious from many of the comments posted - or allowed to be posted - they seem to be praising him.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Cricket is a gentleman,s aports as proved by NZ cricket board. Hats off to them for admitting their blunder.With Taylor leading NZ may have been lucky not to Loose 2-0. Now writing is on the wall for thumping SA win. NZ board has won 5-0

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    What is a hanging offence then? Utter cock up form the NZ Cricket adminstration

  • Arnab on December 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Wan't to save NZ cricket? Get rid of Buchanon fast!

  • Paul on December 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Would like to see Ross out here in SA, somehow without him, I can't see them putting up a decent fight. I know a team does not revolve around one bloke, but he brings to the game, a lot. NZ are at sea without him..... do the right thing, get it all sorted and get the guy out here to SA to do battle with these guys. I know the NZ public would like it and I know the SA public would give more credit to the NZ team

  • Vaughan on December 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Rewa402 highlights an important point... McCullums reccord as a captain is terrible also, and add to that the KKKR 2009 disaster! Taylor played a brilliant 'captains knock' which set us up - 2 boundaries only, the first hitting the runs to get to his 50! Note he also scored a VERY important 50 in the 3rd innings in the win against Australia last year! How many matches have NZ lost in the last 10 years in the 3rd innings of a test when we have been ahead or on par?? (there were three in England in 04 for a start under Flemmings watch!). Definitely our Achilles heel! Taylor is/was learning how to win matches for his country and leading from the front! But it is done, and Hesson and McCullum have gotten away with it! As proud a kiwi as I am, I am embarrased by what has taken place! McCullum wont add anything as captain. Rightly or wrongly he has his chance so he better deliver!!

  • Ali on December 12, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    if hesson has great "man management" skills ...

    then he would quickly make a public apology to Ross, and ask him to talk about the underlying issue of Ross not feeling as though he had the coach's support ...

    because is Ross came back, he would not be the captain, but he would be the lead batsman who does not feel he has the support of the coach ...

    captain or not, the relationship between player and coach must be repaired, and the onus falls on the coach (because it is in his job description) ....

    of course, as the story unfolds we will see what manner of man hesson really is

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    "Are we going to learn from those mistakes? Well we hope so. " NZC Chief says.

    Committing mistakes and apologizing is childish. One expects that from school kids. Not from big guys running a nation's cricketing affairs. Avoiding mistakes is the bare minimum, one expects from them. If they do such grossly childish errors, should accept gracefully, and vacate the exalted positions they are holding. Whether it is NZ, India, England, West Indies or any other country for that matter, vacating the position immediately should be the norm. To maintain Cricket's sanctity, the sanctity of the positions they hold, and respect in the eyes of the world.

  • Ali on December 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    This is a sport.... not a sunday pick up side ...

    may it is becasue heads NEVER ROLL in NZ cricket, that they are not improving ..

    Sri Lanka has moved on up from Minow to world force.. Bangladesh is showing signs of improvement ..

    New Zealand ... well they look like New Zealand

  • Ali on December 12, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    no heads will roll huh?

    I'm already seeing Ross's head cartwheeling down the hill .......

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