Kiwi skipper McCullum to sue Parker for defamation over `The Taylor Affair`

Sydney: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be suing former Test batsman John Parker for defamation over comments about the dumping of former captain Ross Taylor, which were mentioned in a document known as `The Taylor Affair`.

Following the controversy over Taylor`s dumping as captain in favour of McCullum in early December, 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.

Stating that proceedings for defamation against Parker will be filed in the High Court at Hamilton early next week, McCullum`s lawyers further said that ` The Taylor Affair`, written by Parker, had made false and highly damaging claims about McCullum.

McCullum, who is in India with the Kolkata Knight Riders, said that he has no option but to take legal action as Parker`s document had made very serious attacks on his integrity, his honesty and his ethics as a professional sportsman.

According to the Kiwi skipper, although he had endeavoured to resolve these issues with Parker but have been unable to do so, for which he has no choice but to defend himself and his reputation in this way.

McCullum, who is paying for the case himself, further said that he was not seeking monetary damages from Parker, adding that he simply wants Parker to acknowledge that the claims he has made are completely false.

Coach Mike Hesson said that he also has similar concerns to him regarding the comments made by Parker about him, adding that he has taken legal advice about the issue.