Moller apologises to Taylor for sacking fiasco

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 14:45 12/12/2012
Fairfax NZ

New Zealand Cricket has publicly apologised to Ross Taylor for its handling of the captaincy fiasco but confirmed no-one will be sacked as a result.

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New Zealand Cricket has publicly apologised to Ross Taylor for its handling of the captaincy fiasco but confirmed no-one will be sacked as a result.

NZC chairman Chris Moller and chief executive David White conducted a  40-minute press conference at the Basin Reserve where little light was shed on the stand-off between Taylor and NZC over the way he was removed from the captaincy.

Moller said the board ''took the correct decision''  to support a change in captaincy, which went to Brendon McCullum, but regretted the way it played out publicly.

''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,'' Moller said, reading from a prepared statement.

The board met for five hours in Wellington on Monday to discuss the issue, including meeting with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.

Hesson's job, and that of White and anyone else involved, was safe, Moller said.

"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.''

Moller and White wouldn't comment on Taylor's suggestion someone from NZC had misrepresented the truth over his removal as skipper.

Asked in an interview this week whether someone from NZC was lying, Taylor replied ''definitely''.

Moller said NZC was looking into Taylor's claims. He said ''additional material'' had come to light this week that needed to be followed up on, and no further comment would be made.

In extensive interviews in recent days, 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.

Hesson in recent days insisted he meant for the T20 and ODI formats only, but Taylor was adamant he meant he would be sacked in all three formats.

Taylor is taking a self-enforced break from cricket and will miss the South Africa tour.

Moller said an independent review of the NZC board was already under way, in late 2011 before the captaincy saga played out.

One of the 39 recommendations was that the current board of eight be changed to six elected and two appointed positions.

A special general meeting would be convened next year to rubber stamp a modern day constitution.

Moller said all of the current board would then need to put themselves forward for re-election, and he challenged former international players to put their names forward to improve the board's cricketing knowledge. 

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