Buchanan is committed to smoothing out his relationship with White
New Zealand have been the centre of attention in the cricketing world for the past number of weeks, most notably for New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) dispute with former skipper Ross Taylor over the decision to implement a split captaincy, and while things looked as if it could not get any worse, fresh confrontations have occurred within the board as director of cricket John Buchanan admitted that his relationship with chief executive David White has reached an all-time low.
Buchanan also revealed that his frosty relationship with White had been triggered by the whole Taylor captaincy incident.
Since Taylor was stripped of the captaincy, Buchanan has not spoken to the media and was said to be monitoring the situation from Australia.
During the entire dispute between Taylor, coach Mike Hesson and NZC, a number of former players, including ex-captain Martin Crowe have been extremely critical of the board’s handling of the situation and the lack of respect they have shown Taylor throughout the whole ordeal.
Aware of the criticisms voiced towards him, Buchanan noted that he was committed to putting his differences aside with White and focusing on helping the team prepare for the upcoming series against England.
“It can be frosty at times, but he’s got a job to do, as I have,” Buchanan told the Star Times. “We certainly don’t always meet eye-to-eye, there’s no doubt about that. But I am very confident he gives me every possible support he can and takes my views and represents them quite candidly to the board.”
Buchanan stated that his relationship with Hesson had “received a bit of a road bump” due to the whole Taylor incident, but added that he was there to offer Hesson his support if he required it.
“I’ve always let it be know to Mike that I’m available,” Buchanan said. “I’m not one that really wants to spend every moment ringing or intruding into the coach’s domain. Having been a coach myself, I know there are good times, and there are times when you need to talk to people.”
The director of cricket further mentioned that the players were looking forward to their series against England and added that he had no regrets about his job.
“It’s a a fantastic role,” he said. “That’s why I took on the job and I still say that. I still maintain the opportunities in New Zealand Cricket are immense, in terms of what could be achieved in a short period of time – provided we all get on the same page.”