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Martin Crowe furious with New Zealand Cricket over handling of Ross Taylor sacking

Ross Taylor: Claims he was asked to step down

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Martin Crowe has lambasted the New Zealand Cricket board and called for them to be sacked in the wake of Ross Taylor's removal as captain.

Taylor claims he was asked to stand down as skipper prior to the recent tour of Sri Lanka, where he scored 142 and 74 in the second Test to help his side level the two-match series.

NZC chief executive David White insisted that Taylor was unhappy at being asked to hand over the limited-overs captaincy to Brendon McCullum, who will lead the Black Caps in all three formats on their tour of South Africa.

Former captain Crowe has relinquished his scouting role for the board in a show of support for Taylor, who made himself unavailable to tour South Africa.

"This week the game in New Zealand has been severely damaged. Permanently, I believe," Crowe said. "Those directly accountable should go, simply as rightful punishment."

"Over the last week, NZC destroyed the soul of Ross Taylor, easily our best player. They have apparently apologised for the way his sacking from the captaincy was handled.

"Nevertheless, they have amputated his spirit and there is no prosthetic for that. And yet NZC goes unaccountable.

"They continue to strip the worth from players and, therefore, as an organisation, they have definitely become worthless."

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