NZC plays dead bat over Taylor's 'lies' accusations

Wellington, Dec 11(ANI): New Zealand Cricket (NZC) put up the shutters on Monday, despite pejorative suggestions from dumped captain Ross Taylor that someone within the organization was lying and misrepresenting the truth.

Just when NZC hoped the worst of Taylor-gate might be over, the middle-order batsman added more fuel to the firestorm in a radio interview on Monday.

Asked if someone from NZC was lying about what was said in the November 13 meeting, which sealed his fate, Taylor replied "definitely".

Taylor, in a series of interviews on Friday and over the weekend, maintained the meeting with coach Mike Hesson, manager Mike Sandle and assistant coach Bob Carter, four days out from the first test against Sri Lanka, left him in no doubt.

"In no way was he [Hesson] implying for one form of the game, he was implying [losing the captaincy] for the whole of it," quoted Taylor, as saying on Friday.

Chief executive David White and Hesson were both unavailable for comment last night, having only clouded the issue on Friday.

However, a spokesman said White's position hadn't changed from labelling it a 'misunderstanding'.

Hesson earlier said he regretted the way it was communicated to Taylor but insisted he always wanted him to remain as test skipper, with Brendon McCullum taking over the T20 and ODI captaincy.

One source that spoke to Taylor after the November 13 meeting said the situation was clear-cut.

"There's no question Ross was going to be stripped of the captaincy in all three formats," the source said. (ANI)


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