Ross Taylor hits out at New Zealand Cricket's version of his sacking

Ross Taylor was controversially sacked as New Zealand captain just days after he led his side to a Test victory against Sri Lanka at Galle AFP

Wellington: Dec 10, 2012

Axed New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has gone on record to deny New Zealand Cricket s version of the events that led to Taylor’s sacking as captain.

As per reports of APNZ published on The New Zeland Herald, Taylor said he was told about being stripped of the captaincy from all three forms of the game exactly four days before he led his team to victory against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Galle, in a meeting attended by coach Mike Hesson, assistant Bob Carter and manager Mike Sandle.

Hesson had earlier said that Taylor was told he would be relieved of the captaincy but did not mention in which form of the game. New Zealand Cricket chief Executive David White had even confirmed Hesson s version of events after ringing to all three present in the meeting.

Taylor was then offered Test captaincy a week ago in a phone call by coach Hesson. But, he was earlier told that he wasn t upto the mark as a captain to lead the side.

“He said I wasn’t a good enough leader, that this team needs a strong leader and that I wasn’t a strong leader. If I wasn’t a strong leader why would he give me the test captaincy?” Taylor said.

“He said ‘Ross, I am going to recommend to [NZC director of cricket] John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South Africa’. There was nothing in there about anything to do with a split captaincy.”

Ross Taylor felt that NZC was definitely lying about the turn of events over his sacking.

Taylor, who has made himself unavailable for New Zealand’s tour of South Africa, said he hoped to make a decision on when he would return after Christmas.

“I don’t think I could have given 100 per cent. It has been a pretty stressful time for me, especially the last two or three weeks but the last five months have been pretty tough on myself.”

Taylor said he received a lot of calls and messages of support from some of his teammates as well as cricketers from other countries, including the highly controversial England batsman Kevin Pietersen.