The Black Caps captaincy crisis has suffered its first major casualty with former great Martin Crowe quitting his role as a New Zealand Cricket talent scout.
Crowe, who has kept a low public profile since confirming his cancer diagnosis in October, was only appointed with another former captain Glen Turner last month but is said to be disgusted with the treatment of current captain Ross Taylor.
Taylor has allegedly been stripped of two of his three captaincy roles ahead of the tour of South Africa later this month and although nothing will be confirmed until the Test and limited over squads are named tomorrow, his isolation in the New Zealand squad is clear.
Crowe declined to comment on the situation today but his former New Zealand coach, Warren Lees, understands his sentiments.
"He cares about the game," Lees told ONE News.
"He will care a lot about the national team and what's happening now with the captaincy and the involvement he's had with the situation in the past, and his feelings for Ross Taylor will be pretty strong.
Crowe has been a strong supporter of Taylor throughout his career and was one of his few allies when he was appointed 18 months ago.
Two of Taylor's former team-mates, Jesse Ryder and Scott Styris, hit out on social media today saying that Taylor deserved more respect.
"Angers me watching @RossLTaylor dumped on. Show him some f***ing support NZC," Ryder tweeted.
Styris meanwhile said that the historic Test win over Sri Lanka last week has now all but been forgotten.
"Any goodwill/public support from fans and supporters towards the Black Caps after their brilliant win in SL has now gone!" Styris wrote on Twitter.
There was no comment today from New Zealand Cricket following Taylor's meeting with Chief Executive David White in Auckland.
Taylor however has believed to have declined the new captaincy arrangement that will see Brendon McCullum take leadership of the two limited over teams.
Taylor, who has been offered to retain the captaincy reins of the Test team, may yet boycott the South Africa tour all together. All will be revealed tomorrow.