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NZC backs Hesson despite Bond allegations

Published: 7:47AM Friday January 18, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

New Zealand Cricket has backed its coach following the revelation of a letter from Black Caps bowling coach Shane Bond calling the recent Ross Taylor captaincy saga "sabotage" and a "cover up".

Taylor was removed as Black Caps captain last month, turning down an offer to keep the Test captaincy with Brendon McCullum taking over in the other two forms. Taylor said he was told by coach Mike Hesson he was no longer wanted as captain during November's tour of Sri Lanka and was adamant no split captaincy option had been discussed.

Hesson refuted that version of events, insisting he always intended for Taylor to remain as Test captain.

However, Radio Sport has this morning revealed a letter apparently sent to New Zealand Cricket by Bond which claims that no split captaincy option was mentioned at the meeting in Sri Lanka, supporting Taylor's story.

NZC CEO David White said they had investigated Bond's comments when he sent the letter last month and were confident the situation had been resolved.

"We found considerable variance with Shane's account in the assessments given to us by the other members of the senior management team," White said in a statement.

"After much investigation NZC's final conclusion is that the problems that arose over the captaincy issue were the result of misunderstanding and poor communication between the parties involved.

"The important thing to recognise is that Shane wasn't in the room at the time that the captaincy discussions were taking place. However, we have heard his concerns and have discussed them with him and the team management. Both Shane and NZC have now amicably resolved the issue."

Bond also released a statement today from South Africa as he moved to end speculation that he would no longer be able to work with Hesson.

"I want to go on record saying that I met with Mike Hesson several weeks ago, we have discussed the content of the letter, and put it behind us," Bond said. 

"We have developed a good working relationship during this tour and are working closely together to make this team better.

"I want to keep working hard with the other support staff so can improve the performance of the team."

'Seemed like sabotage'

Bond said in the letter that after hearing Hesson's comments in the media he felt compelled to speak up saying it "seemed like sabotage" and that there had been a "cover up".

"I believe the coach has been dishonest in his assertion around the miscommunication of the captaincy split with Ross," the letter read.

"At no time during my conversations with Mike Hesson, that mostly included Bob Carter and/or the manager was the captaincy spilt ever suggested.

"It was clear to me that Ross Taylor was to be removed as captain from all three formats.

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