Wellington: The cricket administrators of New Zealand have asked the country's top 20 players to express their views on the leadership capabilities of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, who are top contenders to succeed Daniel Vettori.

New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) new director John Buchanan, national selection manager Mark Greatbatch and Kiwi coach John Wright have asked the cricketers for their views on McCullum and Taylor as part of an end-of-season review.

Buchanan, however, clarified the players will only suggest and not select the next captain.

"One of the areas they needed to comment on was leadership. The culture of leadership and what their views and thoughts are of it within and around the Black Caps," Buchanan was quoted as saying by the 'Star Times'.

"We asked their views and thoughts on the captains they have played under – either Ross and/or Brendon. We wanted them to express their views on that. We listened to what they had to say and that's really the process of the reviews at the moment," he said.

"It's a broad topic of leadership and, when it comes to captaincy, they are the frontrunners and the players have been asked to provide a view on them as individuals and what they
bring to the captaincy role. We are not necessarily canvassing them on a voting process... we really just want a viewpoint," Buchanan added.

(Agencies)