Auckland: New Zealand great Martin Crowe was inducted into Cricket’s Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The terminally ill former batsman, describing it as a “great honour” and prompting a standing ovation from 40,000 fans at Eden Park. Known as one of the game’s most stylish batsmen, the 52-year-old became the third New Zealander behind Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley, and 79th in the world, to receive the honour.
Martin Crowe, acknowledges the crowd after being awarded the commemorative cap from International Cricket Council (ICC) director and chairman of CA, Wally Edwards (right). PIC/GettyImages
In great company
“I am pleased to get this prestigious award, especially joining my friend Richard Hadlee,” said Crowe, after being awarded his commemorative cap from International Cricket Council (ICC) director and chairman of Cricket Australia, Wally Edwards.
Crowe dedicated the award to his father Dave and mother Audrey. “I wish to dedicate this award to my father and mother who supported the game for 40 years,” said cancer-stricken Crowe.
Crowe made his international debut against Australia in Wellington in February 1982 at the age of 19. He retired 13 years later after playing 77 Tests, having scored 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36.