Dubai - The
International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its sadness at the passing of
ICC Cricket Hall of Famer and former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, who died on Thursday aged 53.
a statement, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said Crowe was a true legend
of the game who had earned the admiration and respect of millions of cricket
fans across the globe with his stylish stroke-play and strong-minded
passing is very sad news. He was not only one of the finest batsmen New Zealand
has ever produced but also one of the very best the world has ever seen,” said
batting combined grace and style with a strong mind and disciplined
stroke-selection, making him one of the most exciting batsmen to watch and very
difficult to dislodge. He was exceptional throughout his career in both forms
of the game and against all oppositions.
was a larger than life cricketer, and a deep and innovative thinker of the
game. Despite his serious illness, he was at the forefront of promoting the ICC
Cricket World Cup 2015 when he made special appearances in New Zealand to talk
about the sport he loved and the way it should be played.
made an outstanding contribution to the game for which we all thank him.
behalf of the ICC, I express my deepest condolences to Martin’s family,
including his elder brother Jeff, who is one of our elite officials, as well as
New Zealand Cricket.”
made his international debut at the age of 19 in 1982 and retired in 1995 after
representing New Zealand in 77 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals. He scored
5 444 Test runs with 17 centuries, the most by a New Zealand batsman, and 4 704
ODI runs, including 456 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 that won him the
player of the tournament award.
captained New Zealand in 16 Tests and 44 ODIs.
the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match in Auckland between New Zealand and
Australia, Crowe was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Crowe later
described his induction as one of the highlights of his career.