NZC chairman should resign - Greatbatch

Last updated 10:15 12/12/2012
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UNDER SCRUTINY: New Zealand Cricket chairman Chris Moller is under pressure to resign in the aftermath of the Ross Taylor captaincy saga.

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Former New Zealand batsman and national coach Mark Greatbatch is calling for New Zealand Cricket chairman Chris Moller to fall on his sword in the wake of the captaincy saga.

Moller talked publicly for the first time on the issue today, along with chief executive David White, at a press conference in Wellington.

He apologised to Taylor on behalf of New Zealand Cricket for the way in which his sacking was handled.

Greatbatch is adamant Moller's first move should be to resign, having presided over the captaincy fiasco which has seen Ross Taylor refuse to tour South Africa following his axing as national team skipper and subsequent fallout with coach Mike Hesson.

''For me, the chairman of the board has been involved with too many underhand dealings in the last two or three years. I think it's time for him to move on,'' Greatbatch told LiveSport today.

Since coming into the role, Moller has overseen the appointment of a coach (John Wright) who couldn't work with his director of cricket (John Buchanan), he has lost a chief executive (Justin Vaughan) and he has allowed a new coach to come in (Hesson), who after five months has forced the team's best batsman to miss the trip to South Africa.

Taylor was initially appointed, on Moller's watch, after a ''robust'' selection process was ''the right man for the job''. A year later and Hesson has decided Taylor is not up to captaining New Zealand in all three forms of the game.

Greatbatch said NZC needed to be full of apologies and also had to look at the makeup of the board.

''I think we need to apologise to a few people publicly, Ross Taylor would be one for a start, and I believe we probably need some more cricket knowledge on the board going forward.

''The likes of a Sir Richard Hadlee is not doing much, (he's got) a great cricket brain, and is very passionate about NZC.

''We've got to do something that is actually going to make us better and it's got to start from the top.''

Taylor's decision not to tour South Africa was understandable after a tough period under Hesson, he said.

''He's been trying to play for his country while people have been at him behind his back. It's sad, he's our best player. It doesn't seem right, but I don't blame him.''

Greatbatch said he believed only two or three players did not like Taylor's captaincy style and he should have been given more time to develop.

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''He showed as a player while he was captain that he was leading from the front, which is a huge part of leadership. He's only captained 30-odd times for New Zealand, that's not a lot of games.

''I think the players have to get better. Ross Taylor, in the last 18 months, has got better with his performance. Maybe if half a dozen other guys had improved their game to that level we wouldn't be in this mess.

''If they (NZC) think a change of captain in all forms is going to magically improve our game, they're kidding themselves.''

- Fairfax Media

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