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NZ Cricket downplay captaincy row rumours

Wednesday 6 Apr 2011 8:11 p.m.

By Rachel Morton

The debate over who should replace Daniel Vettori as Black Caps captain appears to have caused a ruction at the highest level.

New Zealand Cricket are downplaying Cricket Committee member Martin Crowe's resignation saying it is not related to suggestions Brendon McCullum will get the job over Ross Taylor.

A tweet suggests otherwise

Taylor is the man Crowe wants as the new Black Caps captain. He feels so strongly about it he has resigned from his role at New Zealand Cricket claiming there is a conflict of interest.

“Martin's expresses his views about the captaincy. We've got a really clear process around how we determine the Black Caps captain, that's a decision made by the board of New Zealand Cricket. It isn't made by the Cricket Committee,” says Justin Vaughan, New Zealand Cricket chief executive.

Crowe did not return calls from 3 News today but commented about his resignation on twitter.

“Timing is out. My great mate’s Batch and now Rosco in firing line, best I get off this train."

“It's hard to think anything else of that other than things are going very well for Brendon McCullum in terms of his captaincy aspirations and things are going not so well for Mark Greatchbatch in his selectorial role,” says cricket columnist Richard Boock.

As vice captain Ross Taylor filled in for Daniel Vettori while he was injured during the World Cup and up until now has been considered by many as the front runner. 

“It's out of my hands, who they select but in the future I’d like the job, yeah,” says Taylor.

But McCullum, who was stripped of the vice captaincy in 2009 has made no secret he wants the top job too, despite Taylor showing a strong performance at the World Cup.

“I still believe I’ve got a lot to offer and hopefully my performances over the past 24 months are still good enough to be deemed leading from the front,” he says.

3 News understands McCullum is also the favourite with majority of the Black Caps, including former skipper Vettori.

New Zealand Cricket says a final decision on the new captain will happen in the next few months.

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