New Zealand news December 12, 2012

NZC chairman should resign - Greatbatch

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mark Greatbatch, the former New Zealand batsman and coach, has called for NZC chairman Chris Moller to resign in the wake of Ross Taylor being dumped as captain.

Moller publically apologised to Taylor and his family for how the situation was handled after Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, told Taylor that he wanted a change of captain during the Sri Lanka tour but did not specify that he meant in limited-overs cricket only. However, Moller added that nobody in the NZC management would lose their jobs over the controversy.

Greatbatch does not agree with that and believes the only way for New Zealand to move forward is for some drastic changes and hinted at other poorly handled situations over the years.

''For me, the chairman of the board has been involved with too many underhand dealings in the last two or three years. I think it's time for him to move on," he told LiveSport, a New Zealand radio station, on Wednesday. "We've got to do something that is actually going to make us better and it's got to start from the top."

Greatbatch had sympathy for Taylor who has opted out of the tour to South Africa following his demotion but aims to return to domestic cricket in January with a view to being available for the visit of England from February.

''He's been trying to play for his country while people have been at him behind his back," he said. "It's sad, he's our best player. It doesn't seem right, but I don't blame him.

''He showed as a player while he was captain that he was leading from the front, which is a huge part of leadership. He's only captained 30-odd times for New Zealand, that's not a lot of games.

''I think the players have to get better. Ross Taylor, in the last 18 months, has got better with his performance. Maybe if half a dozen other guys had improved their game to that level we wouldn't be in this mess.

''If they think a change of captain in all forms is going to magically improve our game, they're kidding themselves.''

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  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Gilly4ever your barely 35% right. Yes Taylor would come close but Vettori is not attacking enough anymore. "They have no passion" your obviously blind or retarded. Yes the batting is often brittle but if they get Taylor & Ryder with current players, not so brittle. Bowling: Southee, Boult & Bracewell is the best seam attack NZ has had in a long time, and they are young with alot of other young bowlers waiting in the wings. I would rate our seam attack easily above India's at the moment. Im guessing your and Aussie which means you probably don't watch alot of cricket unless Australia is playing. Being a kiwi that has lived in Australia for 3 years I have noticed this with a large percentage of Aussie's.

  • Garry on December 14, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Gilly4ever our bowling easily dealt with? I would go as far as saying if the pitch has any hint of green on it then our bowling attack is the best in the world.

  • Dennis on December 13, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    While I agree with u Mark I heard that the board has to re apply for there positions next year , its time people like U and MD Crowe and some of your mates to step up and and take back this game that u gave so much to and start making the changes to get NZ cricket back on track .

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Couldn't agree more - well said

  • Alex on December 13, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    He should resign. Ross taylor is great person great leader. He leads by example. It is just that NZ talent pool sucks. they should bring people from SA like England does. Even some indians they can do immigration. :)

  • Adrian on December 13, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    New Zealand are stinking worse than they have since before they had their first test victory. Their batting is brittle and their bowling is easily dealt with. None of their players would make a top side, with only Ross Taylor and Vettori getting close. They have no passion. They need to start over from the ground up, and that means getting rid of anyone who is holding them back.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Another "episode" in international cricket . Just seems to be like SOCCER , day after day .

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    ''If they think a change of captain in all forms is going to magically improve our game, they're kidding themselves.''

    McCullum to lead NZ to white wash victory over SA.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Greatbatch seems to have hit the nail on the head---As a long distance NZ cricket follower, management decisions over the last few years have seemed pretty dubious to me. The present situation is quite sad. I hope Taylor finds the strength to return because NZ cricket certainly needs him

  • Smith on December 12, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    I think its the ODI rankings so they can cover themselves and instead blame the captain.

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