White is taking a real grilling at the NZC media conference. But at the end of the day he is the CEO, and the buck stops with him. Personally, we believe that the proposal put to Ross Taylor yesterday was not in the best interests of either the team or New Zealand cricket, and that Mike Hesson's relative inexperience has been a contributory factor.
The split-captaincy proposal is an interesting one. But has anyone at any time suggested a split-coaching regime, whereby Hesson continued to coach the test team with assistance in coaching the abbreviated version of the game.
New Zealand Cricket is an organisation in crisis, and that does not bode well for the health of New Zealand cricket. On RadioSport just now, Brendan Telfer has just brought up the elephant in the room. If Mike Hesson endorses Ross Taylor as test captain now, why did he ask Taylor to consider standing down as captain prior to the Colombo test match? That is a question that must be asked and answered.
David White's address to the assembled media has posed more questions than it has answered. As we type this, Telfer is talking to long-time radio Commentator Bryan Waddle who reckons that the treatment of Taylor has been "abominable". It's hard to disagree with that.
The idea of a split captaincy is not in itself a silly one. But the process that NZC has followed has been appalling.
We will still follow the Black Caps in South Africa; fifty years of support does not go out the window overnight. But we are bitterly disappointed with the apparent lack of support from NZC for its captain and premier player.
In breaking news, Ross Taylor has made himself unavailable for the forthcoming tour of South Africa.
NZ Cricket is holding a media conference at 11.30am, and we'll have more to say after that. But rignt when you thought that the game was at its lowest ebb, it sinks a little further.