New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White at the University Oval yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White was as
disappointed as anyone following the Black Caps' humiliating
10-wicket loss to Sri Lanka earlier this week.
The fallout has been brutal, with seemingly everyone
harbouring an opinion. Some might feel the criticism has been
fair, but others might argue it has been emotive and not
Some of the finger-pointing and blame-laying might be easy to
dismiss, but comments made by former captain and national
selector Dion Nash have been harder to ignore.
Nash questioned whether the board of New Zealand Cricket had
enough cricketing nous to run the game, and wondered whether
the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association was really
pulling the strings.
White, who was in Dunedin yesterday to promote the test
between the Black Caps and England at the University Oval in
March, told the Otago Daily Times NZC felt Nash's comments
were wide of the mark.
"I just don't buy into that at all," White said.
"They're [NZCPA] an effective organisation. We have an
eight-year master agreement with them that works well and I
don't think that is a very sound statement at all.
"In the last few days there has been a lot of anger and fury
about the way the team played in the last test match.
"I understand that. To show a lack of resilience after a good
bowling day was particularly disappointing."
White, who has been in the job for eight months, inherited
the high performance setup which John Buchanan heads and has
fellow Australian Kim Littlejohn charged with driving the
Littlejohn's background in bowls was a source of much
amusement and his appointment controversial.
"As I said before, I don't want to point out individuals,"
White responded when asked if he supported the pair.
"We've had one bad day in a test match - which I know is an
accumulation of poor performances. But I'm not going to point
out individuals because we are all accountable.
"We are currently ranked eighth and we'd like to be ranked
considerably higher than that.
"As CEO, I oversee the organisation and there is a plan which
has been signed off. But it is all right to have plans but
the secret now is we must implement it effectively. That work
is being done by John Buchanan now."
White said NZC did its best to put resources around the
players to help them achieve but there was always room for
improvement - budget willing.