Wellington - Former New Zealand Test captain John Parker has formally apologised
to Mike Hesson regarding comments made in the now infamous document
titled “The Taylor Affair”.
According to the stuff.co.nz website, in a written statement, John Parker confirmed that he was not aware
of any facts that could support inferences contained in “The Taylor
Affair” that Mike Hesson had been dishonest, improperly motivated or
acted in a manipulative way as coach of the Black Caps.
The document focused on the decision to replace Ross Taylor as Black
Caps captain with Brendon McCullum following the return of the side
from Sri Lanka last year.
Hesson said he accepted John Parker’s assertion that he did not
intend to discredit him and is grateful to have received his apology.
“My family has found dealing with this matter pretty stressful and
there is no doubt that it has been an unnecessary distraction during the
preparations for an important few months ahead,’’ he said.
‘‘ I am very happy that it has now been resolved and we can all head
to England focussed on the task of winning cricket matches.’’