Apr 252013
 

Last updated 10:56 26/04/2013

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PARKER SORRY: Former New Zealand test captain John Parker has formally apologised to Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

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Former New Zealand test captain John Parker has formally apologised to Mike Hesson regarding comments made in the now infamous document titled “The Taylor Affair”.

In a written statement, John Parker confirmed that he was not aware of any facts that could support inferences contained in “The Taylor Affair” that Mike Hesson had been dishonest, improperly motivated or acted in a manipulative way as coach of the Black Caps.

The document focused on the decision to replace Ross Taylor as Black Caps captain with Brendon McCullum following the return of the side from Sri Lanka last year.

Hesson said he accepted John Parker’s assertion that he did not intend to discredit him and is grateful to have received his apology.

“My family has found dealing with this matter pretty stressful and there is no doubt that it has been an unnecessary distraction during the preparations for an important few months ahead,’’ he said.

‘‘ I am very happy that it has now been resolved and we can all head to England focussed on the task of winning cricket matches.’’

- © Fairfax NZ News

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