Nash believes NZC need to get their act together right away
Former New Zealand captain and all-rounder Dion Nash has announced that he believes New Zealand Cricket (NZC) are in more disarray than the national team.
New Zealand managed to end their recently concluded two-Test series against Sri Lanka as a 1-1 draw, but Nash noted that the national team’s problems in the longer format of the game are nothing compared to the trouble brewing within the country’s cricket board.
Nash noted that NZC chief executive David White was a great leader, but added that he lacked support and direction from chairman Chris Moller and the rest of the eight-person board, of which Robbie Hart is the only one to have represented New Zealand.
“Any board that needs an advisory panel on cricket-specific matters is no board at all,” Stuff.co.nz quoted Nash as saying. “What are they there for if they don’t know what they’re talking about? It’s a joke.
“From the outside – and I’m very much on the outside – what’s the plan and where are we going? It looks like we’re just reacting the whole time and it looks like the Players’ Association is driving things and not the board and not NZC.”
The former captain stated that all the criticism New Zealand received after the conclusion of their Test series against Sri Lanka should have been directed at NZC instead.
However, he also mentioned that the national team have to start improving on their performance in both the batting and bowling department if they want to start ascending up the Test rankings any time soon.
“They just need to score runs,” Nash said. “There’s a little cultural issue there . . . that if I was in the team, or a few others like Chris Cairns or Stephen Fleming or Nathan Astle, we would just not put up with guys consistently playing the same shots and getting out.
“They’re not learning and that needs to be addressed. Just saying ‘That’s how I play’ is not good enough and not acceptable.”