Wellington - New
Zealand Cricket has condemned as "hearsay, speculation and rumor" a
report prepared by a group of former Test players that criticises its
handling of the sacking of former Test captain Ross Taylor.
nine-page report, prepared by a group convened by former New Zealand
captain John Parker, attacks the governance of New Zealand Cricket and
the role in Taylor's sacking played by coach Mike Hesson, new captain
Brendon McCullum and senior players.
from Parker, those involved in preparing the report have refused to be
named but are understood to include other former New Zealand captains.
New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday it was "disappointed and saddened"
that "some unnamed individuals" publicly have questioned the integrity
of leading figures in the sport.
Zealand media reported on Thursday that at least two high-profile
figures within New Zealand Cricket had taken legal advice after being
named in the report.
report considers issues of the New Zealand Cricket's governance, its
relationship with the media and its performance in other areas, it
concentrates particularly on the sacking of Taylor late last year.
Zealand Cricket said the report focuses "almost entirely on attempting
to re-litigate the issues surrounding the replacement of Ross Taylor as
Black Caps captain."
is particularly critical of the system that saw Hesson appointed New
Zealand coach and his subsequent decision to replace Taylor with
McCullum, a long-time friend.
has repeatedly denied any involvement in Taylor's sacking and said he
made no commitment to assume the captaincy until after the removal of
Taylor had occurred.
reporters at the time that "it cuts right to the bone, that people would
question your integrity and your character like that.
be totally honest, it's highly insulting for people to cast aspersions
when they certainly don't know any of the circumstances," McCullum said.
"I had absolutely no involvement in that recommendation (to remove
statement Thursday, New Zealand Cricket said it "utterly rejects the
attack made on Brendon McCullum. At no time was Brendon McCullum in any
way personally involved in the replacement of Ross Taylor as captain.
behaved honorably at all times in this matter. He has subsequently gone
on to prove himself an excellent leader and an inspiration to both
younger and older members of the team and the results of his efforts
have since been seen an improved Black Caps performance on the field.
allegations raised by John Parker and the anonymous group of critics
are divisive, untrue and reflect poorly on them rather than the players
they have wrongly attacked."
Parker report said the group found younger members of the New Zealand
team were supportive of Taylor but some older players had agreed with
his removal. It identifies former captain Daniel Vettori, all-rounder
Jacob Oram, fast bowler Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum - Brendon's
brother - as being among those senior players who had not been
supportive of Taylor.
report says Brendon McCullum "knew all along of Hesson's movements
regarding the stripping of the captaincy from Taylor, according to
poor communication by Taylor came from the senior players, not the
younger players. Sources close to Taylor and others who have been part
of the team in various roles say this was in fact the older players -
McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori -
because Taylor would not drink with them in the bar, according to the
report. It was not coming from most of the younger players, who were
very pleased with Taylor.
told reporters shortly after New Zealand drew the third Test and its
series against England last month that the full facts around his sacking
had yet to emerge. He said he could not feel entirely comfortable
within the current New Zealand team until those facts were revealed.