A standoff is brewing over Brendon McCullum’s legal action against John Parker, with the former test cricketer resisting a demand for an apology from the current Black Caps skipper.
The Sunday Star-Times contacted Parker yesterday in Dubai but he would not bite on a chance to head off a potential court stoush, refusing to make any comment.
Earlier, McCullum’s lawyer Garth Gallaway had warned there was only a “narrow window” for Parker to escape a legal hearing on his controversial “report” into the Ross Taylor sacking.
Gallaway also moved yesterday to clarify that it is only Parker who is in McCullum’s sights, despite other former test captains and international players allegedly contributing to the report which McCullum claims defames him.
“He [Parker] has claimed authorship of the document [and no one else has],” Gallaway said.
Parker would not play ball regarding an apology yesterday. He refused to say whether he would take on McCullum in court or meet the demand to retract his assertions over Taylor’s sacking.
He would only say that he was talking with “legal people”.
“I’m not going to talk about it,” Parker said.
Gallaway said there would be no need for McCullum to call upon testimony from Taylor if proceedings went ahead. Parker wouldn’t comment on whether he would be prepared to call Taylor.
Gallaway corrected reports Parker faced a deadline of tomorrow in which to respond.
“There is no deadline. The proceedings will be with Chapman Tripp’s agents in Hamilton and they’ll be filed if there’s no indication there’s a apology or retraction coming,” Gallaway said.
NZC chief executive David White said the body was aware McCullum was preparing to engage his legal team, but denied it had any influence or input on the decision.
White said it was “inappropriate” to comment on the issue of the national captain taking legal action against a former player.
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