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McCullum set to take legal action

Calcutta: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is set to initiate defamation proceedings against former captain John Parker over allegations made about McCullum’s role in the removal of former captain Ross Taylor.

McCullum’s lawayers will file proceedings in the High Court in Hamilton next week over the document titled “The Taylor Affair”, which they claim was written by Parker.

While McCullum didn’t wish to comment when The Telegraph contacted him on Friday, he did issue a statement to the media back home. He said that he had “no option but to take legal action”.

“Mr Parker’s paper makes some very serious attacks on my integrity, my honesty and my ethics as a professional sportsman,” McCullum said. “I have endeavoured to resolve these issues with Mr Parker but have been unable to do so. He has left me with no choice but to defend myself and my reputation this way.”

He said the report “makes some very serious attacks on my integrity, my honesty and my ethics as a professional sportsman.”

McCullum said he was not seeking monetary damages but wanted Parker’s “acknowledgement that the claims he makes are completely false”.

Coach Mike Hessonis also believed to be considering legal action against Parker.