End in sight for NZC captaincy saga
Thursday 6 Dec 2012 10:50 a.m.
The captaincy crisis at New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will come to a head today, where the fate of skipper Ross Taylor is likely to be determined.
Taylor is going to meet NZC chief executive David White in Auckland where it is his captaincy of the BlackCaps will be discussed.
The Test and Twenty20 squads to leave next week for a tour of South Africa will be announced on Friday, two days later than originally planned.
It is unclear whether Taylor will be part of the tour of South Africa yet.
Taylor, who starred with the bat in New Zealand's tour-ending Test defeat of Sri Lanka in Colombo, gave little away in a comment on micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday.
"A lot of speculation out there. I have heard from the CEO once. I haven't made any decisions. At no time have I given NZC any ultimatums about Hesson or Me or South Africa."
New Zealand has never previously split the captaincy of its teams, a method employed by more player-rich nations such as Australia and England.
Taylor was appointed captain 18 months ago by former coach John Wright and overseen a series of disappointing performances.
There have been question marks over Taylor's role since Wright was replaced in June by former Kenya coach Hesson, who enjoyed a long association with Brendon McCullum as coach of Otago.
Taylor received support on Wednesday from long-time friend and New Zealand teammate Jessie Ryder, who has made himself unavailable for the Black Caps while he plays domestic cricket and focuses on personal targets.
"Angers me watching @RossLTaylor getting dumped on. Show him some f***ing support NZC," Ryder tweeted.