28 February 2015, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Martin Crowe's induction into the ICC Hall of Fame was made more emotional by fact he was battling cancer. He died on 3rd March, 2016.
Wow! And I’m talking about New Zealand cricket team’s performance this afternoon. I just want to share my total admiration for their brand of cricket. Their courage and their skill that they’ve displayed for us today, long may it continue after the dinner break.
Thank you everyone, to see so many faces, a record crowd here just as it was on my debut match here all those years ago, is quite breathtaking.
Thank you for your kind wishes these last few months. It’s made all the difference.
Thank you to New Zealand cricket. To the ICC and members, for this prestigious honour, especially joining my great friend, Sir Richard Hadlee and the wonderful Debbie Hockley, our two greatest ambassadors.
In joining these two, we now have three New Zealanders sitting in the Hall of Fame. I guess that means I’m the first North Islander!
I wish to dedicate this cap to my father, Dave, and mother Audrey, for their unbending devotion to family and supporting the game here at Eden Park for nearly forty years together.
Finally, to Brendan (McCallum) and the boys, we love you, and we dare to believe.
Together, we can do this!