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NZC to organise former captains' meet

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December 20, 2012

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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is organising a meeting of its former captains in the New Year in order "to open better lines of communication" regarding the development of the sport in the country. The move came after several players had criticised the board for its handling of the captaincy issue, and for not accepting their help in taking New Zealand forward.

"Former captains will be invited to attend the meeting which is intended to be an annual event designed to provide quality input from both the former captains and the players who were part of their era in cricket," NZC said in a statement. "Creating a vehicle for former captains and players to directly communicate their ideas and observations to NZC is complimented by the current constitutional review process that the board has committed to in the early part of next year."

Martin Crowe, Dion Nash, Simon Doull, Craig McMillan and John Parker were some of the former New Zealand players who had criticised the board, saying it had turned down their offers.

NZC chief executive David White also said it was "time to draw a line" under the Ross Taylor captaincy controversy. "We've already acknowledged mistakes were made on this issue and we have learned from those mistakes," he said. "Team management has given an undertaking to improve communication and to ensure nothing similar occurs again. The board and management of NZC make that same commitment.

"NZC believes it now serves no useful purpose to further rake over the events of the captaincy change. We now need to focus on the tour of South Africa. This is going to be a challenging tour against one of the leading teams in the world, so it is important that the team now focuses and prepares to ensure it is competitive in this series."

New Zealand begin their tour of South Africa with a Twenty20 international in Durban on December 21.

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Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

It is difficult to see whether this is a genuine attempt to get some insight and feedback from former captains or a way of rounding them up once a year to keep them onside and a bit quieter.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

I hope Ross Taylor turns up just to make them feel uncomfortable.

Posted by challagalla on (December 21, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

excellent idea talking to the captains. I wish BCCI would do this. The captains know what is wrong with our domestic structure and can give solid recommendations to the board. Coming back to NZ Cricket , Ross Taylor was treated shabbily. The guy won a test in Sri Lanka , contributed immensely to the win and than is dropped from the team.You are playing against the strongest team in the world today and don't have Taylor and Ryder. Surely NZC can undo the damage by airdashing these two players to join the team.

Posted by sawifan on (December 20, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

I'm a big fan of NZ cricket and Taylor, Ryder and Southee, but @stickywicketnick, Vettori is a bit of a conundrum. He does add value to the team with his lower order runs, but his bowling has been sub-standard in Tests for years now. I think NZ would be best to leave him out of the test team, regardless of injury. To win test u need wickets, and he hasn't provided that for a long while. I do agree with ur comment re: Buchanan. He stunk up Aussie cricket for long enough, and took undue credit for an insanely talented AUS team. Kick him out, and get Wright back. World cricket needs NZ to be strong!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Will they invite Ross Taylor?

Posted by stickywicketnick on (December 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

This all started when we lost John Wright and kept John Buchanan. This never would have happened if Wright was still in as coach. Now the 'New Zealand' team is facing the best test side in the World without it's 4 best players; Ryder, Taylor, Vettori and Southee out, we have no chance.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

I also feel for Baz! Selectors/Coach messed up in their handling of the situation and as the new/interim captain, Baz has to answer the uncomfortable questions, when he is not even a party to the controversy.

Posted by edgie on (December 20, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

i think two things need to happen : 1) fire the coach, as he obviously is not good at his job, and is NOT a good communicator 2) rebuild the NZC board, because they obviously don't know how to manage themselves, let alone a national team.

Posted by billycraven on (December 20, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Talk about crying over spilt milk, the NZC have blown it, this is what happens when people think they are bigger than the game. By apologizing they admit to being wrong, but do not worry we will call a meeting and all will be forgiven. Any captain that attends this meeting is not worth his salt, it is supposed to be about what is good for the game and let me assure tou this is not good. The balck caps have always been a gutsy side who always punch above their weight, but to do that you need a good corner, not the current one. Please folks it's about the game, bury the egos and if necessary fire the board.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

I think the Kiwi`s need something done, like the Argus review here in `OZ`, the more i read, the more toxic the environment is for the players. The Kiwi`s have the players, and always have had, they always compete hard against the Aussies, then lose to the weaker teams. We Aussies love to see the Kiwi`s do well in all sports, but this is not about the players, i think the NZCB, have stagnated, like the ACB, did. Time for a full review from top to bottom, of NZ Cricket.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

David White and his hand picked coach need to be sacked immediately. New Zealand does not have shortage of talent. If All Blacks can win for last 100+ years then why can not we do that in cricket? New Zealand players are far better atheletes than likes of Indian lazy fielders and bowlers, however, we still struggle. Over the years, we have wasted many promising players and it should not be done to Ross Taylor who is hands down, NZ's best batsman. This mess need to be sorted out immediately.

Posted by amclean on (December 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

@ Lees_Legends - ha, that was was quite amusing, though I suspect Ross has other places he'd rather be.

Posted by hithardpastmidon on (December 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

I agree with Jordanious77 in that this is meeting is all show, attempting to appease the media/public for a disaster in handling the Taylor captaincy affair. Nothing will change, but Taylor has to find a way back into the team quickly. We find a batsmen like Taylor once every 10 years and he is essentially to stopping the slide in the international rankings. But he isn't needed as captain.Give it to Williamson, give him time to build a team and a culture over 5-6 years and we may show some improvement.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

I think i ts the best move by NZC and prob we should do this in india too.

Posted by Lees_Legends on (December 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Is Ross Taylor going then?

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

At least they are doing something. they should do more heal the wounds of Ross Taylor. NZC shocked everyone. The way they handled the matters was like a Martial law (BOOOM).

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

NZC has to correct the gross injustice to Ross Taylor, make him Captain again and apologise to him and not treat the issue as a closed chapter. Ross is too valuable a cricketer to be side-lined by politics and because of bruised egos.

Posted by Jordanious77 on (December 20, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

A meeting between former captains? What is the point of this?

Stephen Flemming is already a part of the board and Vettori was apposed to appointing Ross Taylor as captain to begin with.

It still just seems like NZC are avoiding the issues.

The players like Dion Nash and Martin Crowe especially have been the ones to heavily critique NZC, so why not organize the meeting with these players that have spoken out. Whats the point of discussing it with a bunch of neutrals? Nothing will change.

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