A PUBLIC apology has been made to Ross Taylor for the way the captaincy of the New Zealand Cricket team has been handled, but no-one will be sacked for the fiasco.
NZC chair Chris Moller and chief executive David White held a press conference in Wellington yesterday, which failed to shed much light on the process that saw Taylor replaced by Brendon McCullum, after appearing to lose the confidence of coach Mike Hesson.
Moller said the board made the right call in supporting a change at the top, but regretted the way it was played out in the media.
”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,” Fairfax NZ reported Moller as saying.
The board met for five hours earlier in the week to discuss the issue, as well as talking with Hesson.
His job, along with those of everyone involved, were safe.
“No heads are going to roll. There are no hanging offences in all of this. Yes, 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.”
Neither Moller or White would comment on Taylor’s suggestion that someone from the organisation was not telling the truth with regards to his sacking.
Asked in an interview this week whether someone from NZC was lying, Taylor replied ”definitely”.
NZC was investigating the claim, and Moller said extra material had come to light that needed to be followed up on.
This week Taylor said Hesson, manager Mike Sandle and assistant coach Bob Carter came to his room on November 13, four days before the first test in Sri Lanka, and told him effectively he wasn’t good enough to captain the team.
A day later Hesson told him he would be recommending a change in skipper when the team returned, although he later insisted he meant for the Twenty20 and one day international formats.
Taylor was adamant he meant all three forms.
Taylor, New Zealand’s best batsman, is taking a self-enforced break from the game and won’t take part in the South Africa tour.