New Zealand news April 26, 2013

John Parker apologises to Hesson

ESPNcricinfo staff

John Parker, the former New Zealand captain, has apologised to Mike Hesson for comments made in his document "The Taylor Affair" which follows on from his apology to Brendon McCullum which has ended the threat of legal action.

In a written statement, Parker confirmed that he was not aware of any facts that could support inferences contained in "The Taylor Affair" that Hesson had been dishonest, improperly motivated or acted in a manipulative way.

The statement said: "John Parker's focus in preparing the document was to make comment on shortcomings he perceived to be present in governance at New Zealand Cricket.

However, the document left open inferences that could be drawn that Mike Hesson was dishonest, or improperly motivated, or acted in a manipulative way, with respect to his actions as Head Coach of the BLACKCAPS.

Such inferences were not intended by John Parker in any way. John Parker is not aware of any facts upon which such inferences can be drawn. John Parker did not intend to discredit Mike Hesson and sincerely regrets any harm to his reputation which may have been caused.

This statement resolves matters between John Parker and Mike Hesson, and it is agreed that no legal proceedings will occur."

Hesson has accepted Parker's assertion that he did not intend to discredit him and is grateful to have received his apology.

"My family has found dealing with this matter pretty stressful and there is no doubt that it has been an unnecessary distraction during the preparations for an important few months ahead," Hesson said. "I am very happy that it has now been resolved and we can all head to England focused on the task of winning cricket matches."

New Zealand depart for England later this week for a tour that includes two Tests, three ODIs, two Twenty20s and the Champions Trophy.

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