Martin David Crowe was a special New Zealander. Whether it was leading New Zealand on the cricket field in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, or in his later years as a commentator, he had a reputation as being a genuinely nice guy. Whilst he never had the status of rugby players Richie McCaw or Dan Carter, he inspired thousands of New Zealanders to take up cricket as a sport. Mr Crowe was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, which he blamed on a failing immune system that had to cope with diseases picked up whilst touring in tropical climates.
Mr Crowe had numerous highlights throughout his outstanding career. Among them being the first New Zealander to come close to scoring a test triple century (299), using spinner Dipak Patel as an opening bowler, which turned out to be a master stroke. I best remember Mr Crowe leading New Zealand during the 1992 Cricket World Cup. In the final match we played our opponents were Pakistan, who would go on to win the C.W.C. At the end of the match, having lost, I best remember Mr Crowe leading the New Zealand team around the field to acknowledge the fans.
In 2014 as New Zealand and Australia prepared to host the Cricket World Cup, the cancer returned and was this time found to be terminal with less than 5% chance of surviving past 12 months. At the Cricket World Cup, Mr Crowe was honoured for his service to New Zealand cricket and the sport on the whole. He was able to see for the first time a New Zealand team make the Final.
On 3 March 2016 Martin David Crowe passed away. He was 53 and is survived by his wife Lorraine, daughter Emma and step children Hilton and Jasmine.
REST IN PEACE MARTIN CROWE AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO CRICKET