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NZC apologises to Ross Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 12, 2012

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Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill celebrate New Zealand's win, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day, November 29, 2012
Ross Taylor has received an apology from NZC's chairman Chris Moller © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

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

Posted by YorBanra on (December 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

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

Posted by Pablo123 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

Posted by vaughanw 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!!

Posted by Rally_Windies 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Rally_Windies 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

Posted by Rally_Windies on (December 12, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

no heads will roll huh?

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

Posted by stickywicketnick on (December 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Be pretty funny if when we host the 2015 World Cup we are too low in the rankings to qualify

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Hesson has to go. NZ cricket has taken another unwarranted blow. Yes McCullum should have always been captain. But Taylor had just developed into a decent captain and leader. McCullum will have to learn to lead from the front and find consitency

Posted by Inky on (December 12, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Now for Hesson to apologise, and when that happens Taylor would be back in a flash!

Posted by Rewa402 on (December 12, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Buchanan won't save this sinking ship. There were rumours in the NZ media that he will be gone soon, over his backing of Taylor. The Board are self-centred and stubborn and does not show leadership despite what it is trying to portray. Hesson is not coaching material and it was predicted in July that he has a conflict of interest in the captaincy race. McCullum will not be a captain and his record 13P 1W 12L shows. Taylor record might currently be P37 8W 22L, but after 13 games it was: 13P 5W 7L 1NR which shows that Taylor has more potential to learn but has also played tougher teams and away from home where most of McCullum games were played at home. I think McCullum captaincy, when he is sacked, will reflects MS Dhoni.

Posted by hithardpastmidon on (December 12, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

This was a mess but should Taylor really still captain? I was never convinced that Taylor was an excellent captain. He did the job well but did he provide something special? NZ need Taylor desperately as a batsman. McCullum is also not the strategic mastermind. This may be naive but I'm a little disapointed NZ haven't looked at Kane Williamson as a captain to take the reins now and lead the team for a prolonged period. Look at those stable captaincies like Smith (SA), Fleming, etc who had a long term reign over a team and allowed a culture to form. For me Kane is the only young NZ batsman right now who should be guaranteed a long term spot in the team.

Posted by Fan1969 on (December 12, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

As long as Buchanan is important in NZ Cricket they will be 8th or 9th in all formats. Buchanan was given too much credit for an exceptional australian team and captain, Steve Waugh. He ruins the culture as can be seen by what happened to KKR (IPL). Once he was sacked they won the IPL in 2012.

Sack Buchanan and start seeing NZC rise to 5th or 6th especially in ODIs, T20s

Posted by Ncnotorious on (December 12, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

was hoping this wudnt turn out to be another gayle/KP fiasco and it cheers to NZC for that

Posted by sachinanddravid on (December 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Ross is a best batsman and a best captain for balck caps.and he prooved again in the last test. the way he played the second innings was fantastic. one of a best attacking batsman played for his 75runs with just 2 fours and a strike rate of around 80.thats called captain innings.

He has to be given the captaincy back in all the three formats. I hope,If Jessy,Vettori back to team then that ll be very strong team in all three formats.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

How can the Board itself decide on all these issues? They are the guilty party and they are the judge too. An independent set of experts should review the board's functioning and prepare a report, and some censure at least should be added to the records of the guilty people here. Otherwise, no lesson learnt....

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

nz ship is gonna sink very deep .mark my words

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

I commend the character of NZ cricket leadership; unlike many other national cricket bodies.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

I don't know if he'll come back to lead. But if turns for the SA series, might salvage some pride.

Posted by kensohatter on (December 12, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

NZ couldnt afford to not apologise to Taylor... Hes their only decent bat

Posted by xylo on (December 12, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

That was classy on part of Chris Moller. Now, I hope Ross Taylor takes this in his stride and prove his worth to the coach with plain old action that he comes around asking that he lead the team.

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