Case closed on captaincy saga for NZC

Last updated 11:53 18/01/2013
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MISUNDERSTANDING: David White says he has been assured by senior management that Shane Bond's account of events is inaccurate.

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New Zealand Cricket boss David White says he has full faith in the Black Caps management despite the revelation today that they may have covered-up information surrounding Ross Taylor's dismissal as captain.

Radio Sport reported this morning that national bowling coach Shane Bond had emailed NZC, disputing the version of events given by coach Mike Hesson. 

Bond asserted he was told by batting coach Bob Carter that Taylor was losing all forms of the captaincy, that it was initiated by Hesson with McCullum's knowledge and that he regarded the way Taylor had been treated and the manner the whole episode had been handled as "dishonest" and akin to "sabotage".

Bond has released a statement saying both he and Hesson have put the matter behind them.

"We have developed a good working relationship during this tour and are working closely together to make this team better.

"I want to keep working hard with the other support staff so can improve the performance of the team.

"As far as I'm concerned we have dealt with the matter, it has been put behind us and I won't be making any further comment."

White said when Bond's letter was recieved "we canvassed all of the Black Caps team management about their views of what happened during the events surrounding the change of captaincy."

"Shane Bond was one of several team managers who reported back to us his impressions of what occurred and we appreciated his input.

"Unfortunately his report was received by NZC late in the evening prior to the planned press conference scheduled for the following day and was the 'additional material' referred to by chairman Chris Moller.

"We believed the content of Shane's report to us merited further investigation over a longer period and we made extensive inquiries of team management."

"We found considerable variance with Shane's account in the assessments given to us by the other members of the senior management team."

White said the matter was investigated thoroughly and was deemed a misunderstanding.

"The important thing to recognise is that Shane wasn't in the room at the time that the captaincy discussions were taking place. However, we have heard his concerns and have discussed them with him and the team management. Both Shane and NZC have now amicably resolved the issue."

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White reaffirmed both he and Mike Hesson had offered Taylor a split captaincy option which he refused.

"We have apologised to Ross Taylor for the way in which the matter was handled and NZC has publicly pledged to learn from what happened and ensure nothing like this will occur again.

"At this point it now serves no useful purpose for NZC to dwell on who may have said what to whom or make any further comment on such speculation. We need to concentrate on the three remaining ODIs in South Africa and the challenging tour by England next month. It is vital New Zealand Cricket now looks forwards not backwards." New Zealand Cricket boss David White says Black Caps bowling coach Shane Bond had "misinterpreted" the circumstances surrounding Ross Taylor's removal from the national team captaincy and that his letter of complaint has a "number of inaccuracies".

In an interview with Radio Sport White refuted criticism that Hesson is too inexperienced as an international coach and the captaincy saga had reflected poorly on him. 

White said Hesson was the "standout candidate" among the four short-listed contenders to replace John Wright.

"He has the support of the changing room -- I know for that for a fact -- and he's got my confidence as the CEO and also the board's," he said.

- Stuff

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