Kiwi legend Crowe 'burns blazer' to protest Taylor's maltreatment

Sydney, Dec 13(ANI): New Zealand legend Martin Crowe adopted a unique way to protest Ross Taylor's maltreatment during the entire captaincy row by apparently setting his black blazer alight, according to reports.

Crowe criticised the axing of Taylor as New Zealand limited overs captain that also saw the gifted batsman decide to surrender the Test leadership in favour of keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum.

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox retweeted a message from Crowe's @MartinCrowe299 account: "Burnt NZ cricket blazer Dec 7, 2012. RIP."

Crowe's account has been deleted, along with the tweet. Fox's retweet is also no longer on Twitter, News.com.au reports.

According to reports in the New Zealand press, the 77-Test star Crowe had destroyed the blazer so he would never be tempted to wear it again.

Crowe, when contacted, did not deny the incident, texting: "With respect ... no comment now or ever."

Crowe, diagnosed with lymphoma in October, was appalled by 43-Test batsman Taylor's treatment in a series of events Cricket NZ admits was poorly handled.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson told Taylor that he wanted a change of captain during the recent Sri Lanka tour but did not specify that he meant in limited-overs cricket only.

Taylor therefore withdrew from the forthcoming South African tour causing former Kiwi opener Mark Greatbatch to demand New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chairman Chris Moller's resignation. (ANI)

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