Parker apologises to coach Hesson over ‘The Taylor Affair’
Wellington: Former New Zealand Test captain John Parker has formally tendered an apology to coach Mike Hesson over comments regarding the axing of former captain Ross Taylor, which had been made in a document infamously titled as ‘The Taylor Affair’.
Stating that he was not aware of any facts that could support inferences contained in ‘The Taylor Affair’, Parker said he was wrong in inferring that Hesson acted in a dishonest, improperly motivated or a manipulative way as coach of the Black Caps.
The document had 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.
Accepting the apology, Hesson said that he is grateful for Parker’s assertion that he did not intend to discredit him, adding that the fiasco has been an unnecessary distraction during the preparations for an important few months ahead.
Stating that his family was very much stressed while dealing with the matter, Hesson added that he is happy that the situation has been resolved and they can head to England and focus on winning the upcoming Tests with a clear head.