The way the captaincy saga was played out in public was
regrettable, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White
says, but he wanted to be back in the country to resolve the
White was in Dubai for an ICC meeting when speculation began
building that Ross Taylor's hold on the job was looking
shaky, and he didn't get back to Auckland until Wednesday.
At a media conference today, he announced that Brendon
McCullum would skipper the Black Caps in all three forms of
the game on their tour of South Africa, while Taylor would
take a break from international cricket.
The change comes after a review of the tour of Sri Lanka in
which New Zealand lost the one-day series but salvaged a 1-1
draw in the Test series.
"We regret the way the review, and in particular the
captaincy, has been played out publicly," White said.
"But it was very important that I, as CEO, was here in the
country to front this media conference."
Asked if the messy episode would damage fans' support for New
Zealand cricket, White didn't think it would have a
"Ultimately, we will be judged on our performances on the
White said ticket sales for England's tour of New Zealand in
February and March had been "huge".
University Oval in Dunedin was close to selling out for the
first Test, although the ground did have a small capacity.
White said he had spoken to sponsors and had received no
direct expressions of concern, "but I don't think any
negative news in the media is good".