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Ross Taylor. -File photo by AFP

New Zealand Cricket has publicly apologised to Ross Taylor for its poor handling of the former captain's demotion.

Taylor was stripped of the one-day and Twenty20 captaincy last week at the recommendation of head coach Mike Hesson after the tour of Sri Lanka and the disgruntled batsman turned down the offer to continue as test skipper.

Brendon McCullum was named the new captain in all three formats while Taylor opted out of the team's tour of South Africa.

“The board has reviewed all aspects of the captaincy issue and wishes to publicly place on record its apologies to Ross Taylor and his family for the manner in which events have unfolded,” NZC chairman Chris Moller told reporters in Wellington, reading from a prepared statement.

Former players and pundits have slammed NZC for the captaincy controversy and said the episode had made Hesson's job untenable but Moller said no heads would roll.

“There are no hanging offences in all of this,” he said.

“Yes, the ball's been dropped, absolutely. Could we have done things better? Absolutely. Are we going to learn from those mistakes, well we hope so.”

Taylor, New Zealand's top test batsman, acknowledged the apology in a post on his Twitter account.

“I appreciate the apology from NZC today,” he tweeted. “Keen to put it behind me and looking forward to getting back with the team soon.”

New Zealand head to South Africa this month to play three Twenty20 internationals before the first of a two-test series against the Proteas gets underway in Cape Town on January 2.

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kashif hussain
December 12, 2012 4:00 pm
Yes, it did happen here. Can you or the PCB explain: Why Afridi was replaced as Captain after a many successful campaigns in ODIs and T20s !!!!!!! So, yes. a public apology is due in this case as well from PCB to Afridi -- who knows it might do wonders in bringing back Afridi's form and confidence.
Sajjad
December 12, 2012 8:45 pm
You just took the fun out of it, I agree with you dear Mr.Kashif Hussain :) chill out.
Kohyaar Yildarim
December 12, 2012 7:52 pm
Kashif saab! Yeh le bhai haath joR raha hun stop using the Afridi card! Had there been an Imran Khan, this (Afridi) impulsive, reckless of a player would never have survived more than a couple of years. Afridi owes an apology to the nation after all he played just for his self and became a millionaire at the cost of us tax-payer's money. He definitely earned more than he deserved in every respect.
Sajjad
December 12, 2012 12:48 pm
Bravo, really happy to know that they realized sooner or later. PCB should have done the same but ofcourse it didnt happened here!
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