New Zealand Cricket has announced that it wants to "draw
a line" under the Ross Taylor controversy and will not be
looking into the "additional material" which had apparently
come to light on the saga.
The dropping of Taylor as captain in favour of Brendon
McCullum while the team were in Sri Lanka sparked a furore
which culminated in a press conference in Wellington last
week in which NZC chairman Chris Moller said new material had
been discovered which shone a different light on the saga.
He refused to comment on the nature of the material which
simply sparked more speculation and now it appears the
organisation has gone cold on either revealing it or acting
"NZC has reached the conclusion that there was obviously
misunderstanding and miscommunication between the parties
involved," said chief executive David White.
"We've already acknowledged mistakes were made on this issue
and we have learned from those mistakes. Team management has
given an undertaking to improve communication and to ensure
nothing similar occurs again. The Board and Management of NZC
make that same commitment," he said.
"NZC believes it now serves no useful purpose to further rake
over the events of the captaincy change. It is time to draw a
line under the issue," White added. "We now need to focus on
the tour of South Africa. This is going to be a challenging
tour against one of the leading teams in the world, so it is
important that the team now focuses and prepares to ensure it
is competitive in this series."
The decision was announced in a press release today which
continued a conciliatory line after strident criticism of the
organisation from former players including Martin Crowe, who
"metaphorically" burned his team blazer, and Dion Nash.
In a bid to heal the wounds, NZC has invited former New
Zealand captains to meet and discuss their views on the sport
in this country in the New Year.
Moller had already invited former players to be constructive
with their views by having their say on a restructured board.
Former captains will be invited to attend the meeting which
is intended to be an annual event. A reunion of former New
Zealand players will also be held during the third test
against England at Eden Park in March.