Apr 182013

New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum is suing former cricketer John Parker for defamation over his comments about the dumping of former captain Ross Taylor.

Following the controversy over Taylor’s dumping as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum late last year, further fuel was added this year with a scathing open letter by a group headed by Parker wanting reform at the top of New Zealand Cricket.

On Friday, McCullum’s lawyers, in a statement, said proceedings for defamation against Parker would be filed in the High Court at Hamilton early next week.

They said Parker wrote a document, titled “The Taylor Affair”, which made certain false and highly damaging claims about McCullum.

McCullum, who is in India with the Kolkata Knight Riders, said he had no option but to take legal action.

“Mr Parker’s paper makes some very serious attacks on my integrity, my honesty and my ethics as a professional sportsman. I have endeavoured to resolve these issues with Mr Parker but have been unable to do so. He has left me with no choice but to defend myself and my reputation this way.”

McCullum is paying for the case himself and said he was not seeking monetary damages from Parker.

“I simply want his acknowledgement that the claims he makes are completely false.”

Parker, now 62, played 36 Tests and 24 one-day internationals for New Zealand between 1973 and 1981. He captained New Zealand in one Test and later became a television commentator.


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