Apr 132013

Sir Richard Hadlee and John Wright are the latest names linked to the John Parker-led group challenging New Zealand Cricket’s senior administration.

An embarrassing email gaffe has revealed Hadlee, New Zealand’s greatest ever cricketer, and former test captain and Indian national team coach Wright, are among a number of additional identities apparently sympathising with the Parker group’s efforts to bring changes to NZC’s governance.

Both men’s names, along with another former national coach in Warren Lees and other former players including captain Mark Burgess, John Wiltshire, Martin Bradley, Duncan Priest, John Reid, Brian Hastings, Evan Gray and Michael Shrimpton, are listed as recipients to an email from Ian Taylor, the Kiwi behind cricket’s Decision Review System technology. New Zealand businessman Sir Ron Brierley is also on the list.

Taylor contacted Parker and the others after twice being included on an email which communicated the group’s progress.

On both occasions, Taylor responded by saying he had been included in their email group mistakenly.

“I really am certain that this is not intended for me. I have not been involved in any of these discussions,” Taylor wrote.

Taylor has also criticised members of the media who are part of the Parker group but had failed to declare their positions and therefore broadcasting opinions on matters in which they had a vested interest.

Both former player Ian Smith and veteran radio commentator Bryan Waddle have been recipients of Parker group emails and are employed in the New Zealand media.

– © Fairfax NZ News

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