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NZC chairman should resign - Greatbatch

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 12, 2012

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Ross Taylor receives some batting tips from his coach Mark Greatbatch, Guwahati, November 27, 2010
Mark Greatbatch was full of sympathy for Ross Taylor after the events of the last week © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by StevieS 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.

Posted by gothetaniwha 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 .

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

Couldn't agree more - well said

Posted by Alexk400 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. :)

Posted by Ozcricketwriter 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.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by AzAb12754 on (December 12, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Greater truths have seldom been spoken

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Good call Mark Greatbatch! Seems players are made accountable for their form, but inept administrators, and in this case, an inept coach are exempt from such scrutiny and accountability.

We have NZ's best batsman out in the wilderness, and lets be frank, while Hesson is still there it is doubtful that Taylor could rejoin the team. We also have poorly performing administrator still in the job. A clean out at the top is required to end this sorry saga. It's good to hear NZ cricket greats like Martin Crowe and Mark Greatbach supporting Ross Taylor. Good on you guys.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

shitty ness ! personally i want Ross back.! unfair to him! hes a great captain. ! and this team is fighting their way to the top :D

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

I love Greatbatch, as a wi fan i kno to my heart that is one man that has nz cricket to heart. He is very frank, open and he will tell u just like how it is. What Greatbatch is saying he is absolutely correct

Posted by RameshSubramaniam on (December 12, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Buchnan confused with KKR in IPL. But New Zealand did not kearn. So they are paying.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

I am a true West Indian, this is one of the worst Dropping of a captain i have ever seen! Ross Taylor is the best captain since Flemmings. I beleive this was done as a result of some friction between the two.

Posted by RichDeGroen on (December 12, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Totally agree. Why is it that all the men of character and dignity get marginalised in NZC? Instead a mob of greasies get to run the show; Buchanan, Hesson, McCullum, all talk and slick maneuvers to avoid any accountability for the mess they have contributed to over the last couple of years. Buchanan ousts John Wright - a world class coach and man, Hesson humiliates and ousts our best player, McCullum has had two dreadful years of test cricket, vindicating all those who thought he should zip his trap, keep wickets and bat at 7, a job he could actually do. Instead he is made captain. I feel like we are going through the bad old days of 1994-95 all over again... and McCullum is the non-playing captain that Germon was after the fallout then. At least Germon kept wicket to contribute something. Steve Rixon where are you to sort this out all over again?

Posted by creekeetman on (December 12, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

is there any cricket board that operates without personal agendas, corruption and favoritism? i think australia might be the only country that comes close, and maybe sa to a point.

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (December 12, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Great to see some-one stand up to the Boards , who have stiffled the game across the world...just look at the Boards actions in India, WI, Pakistan, SL and now NZ...

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