<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Martin Crowe slams captaincy turmoil in New Zealand cricket" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121208183546.jpg" title="Martin Crowe slams captaincy turmoil in New Zealand cricket" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Despite presiding over a string of poor results, Ross Taylor, who was recently sacked as the national captain remains New Zealand's best batsman, averaging 43.45 AFP</p> </div> <strong>Wellington: Dec 8, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> There were calls for <a href="/tags/New-Zealand/post" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> cricket administrators to resign on Saturday over the sacking of top batsman <a href="/tags/Ross-Taylor/post" target="_blank">Ross Taylor</a> as captain, while new skipper <a href="/tags/Brendon-McCullum/post" target="_blank">Brendon McCullum</a> denied any role in the dismissal. <br /> <br /> Former captain <a href="/tags/Martin-Crowe/post" target="_blank">Martin Crowe</a> and New Zealand's largest daily newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, asked those responsible for Taylor's dismissal, and the way it was handled, to step aside.<br /> <br /> "This week the game in New Zealand has been severely damaged. Permanently, I believe," Crowe wrote on the cricinfo website. "Those directly accountable should go, simply as rightful punishment."<br /> <br /> In an editorial, the Herald described New Zealand Cricket (<a href="/tags/NZC/post" target="_blank">NZC</a>) as a rudderless ship and said "Taylor has become the latest poster-child for the high-performance dysfunction in our national summer game.<br /> <br /> "As a board that has involved itself heavily in operational matters, they must... call an extraordinary general meeting and resign."<br /> <br /> McCullum's promotion on Friday, ahead of the Black Caps' upcoming tour of South Africa, ended months of speculation about Taylor's future since ex-Kenya coach <a href="/tags/Mike-Hesson/post" target="_blank">Mike Hesson</a> took over the reins of the New Zealand team in July.<br /> <br /> Despite presiding over a string of poor results, Taylor remains New Zealand's best batsman, averaging 43.45, and his absence from the Test squad for <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> further weakens a side missing injured spinner Dan Vettori.<br /> Hesson, a long-time associate of McCullum, never publicly endorsed Taylor as captain and referred to him as being a board appointment.<br /> <br /> "His fate was sealed when Mike Hesson stepped into the head coach role. We waited for Taylor's execution day," former New Zealand fast bowler <a href="http://admin.cricketcountry.com/tags/Jonathan-Millmow/post" target="_blank">Jonathan Millmow</a> said in The Press newspaper.<br /> <br /> Hesson defended his treatment of Taylor over the captaincy, saying "there's no good time to deliver news like that" but conceded "it's been a very unfortunate week... and not the result anyone wanted".<br /> <br /> McCullum said any suggestion that he was involved in a coup, and of a rift between himself and Taylor, was untrue.<br /> <br /> "It cuts right to the bone, that people would question your integrity and your character like that," he said.<br /> <br /> "I had absolutely no involvement in that recommendation whatsoever. I was asked if I would lead the one-day and Twenty20 team two days ago, and yesterday I was asked if I'd lead the Test team after Ross turned it down."<br /> <br /> Taylor, who immediately made himself unavailable for the South Africa tour, rejected Hesson's claim that he was still wanted as Test captain.<br /> <br /> He said he was initially told before the first Test against<a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank"> Sri Lanka </a>in Galle last month that he was not wanted as captain at all.<br /> <br /> "They told me I wasn't good enough as a captain, wasn't good enough for this team," Taylor told The New Zealand Herald. "To hear I wasn't good enough was disappointing. It was interesting."<br /> <br /> "I was offered the Test captaincy a couple of weeks (after the Sri Lanka meeting), when it was clear to me from conversations, they didn't want me at all.<br /> <br /> "It wasn't a huge shock. Hesson never supported me through the whole time I'd been captain, but I was surprised by the timing."