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Remembering The Past

While much media attention has been given to the tributes being paid by the Australian cricketers to the unfortunate premature passing of their team mate Philip Hughes this year, we should not forget that the New Zealanders had a stalwart of the game close to death for whom they were no doubt playing, former captain Martin Crowe.

The World Cup final was expected to be the last game of cricket Crowe will watch. Crowe had written on ESPN Cricinfo website that he was very close to death due to a terminal blood disease.

“My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy,” said Crowe.”This is likely to be it. I can happily live with that.”

Crowe, was a wonderfully gifted and elegant batsman who is the second highest Test run-scorer in New Zealand history with 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36. He captained the Kiwis in the 1992 World Cup. Sir Richard Hadlee once said that Crowe was the only man whose wash bag was bigger than his kitbag!

Crowe had worked with some of the Black Caps players contesting the final, including batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill. It was the form of these two batting lynchpins that boosted Crowe’s spirits in the final days of his battle with illness.

“To see the two sons I never had, Ross Taylor and Marty Guptill, run out in black, in sync with their close comrades, drawing on all their resolve and resilience, will be mesmerically satisfying,” he told Cricinfo.

It is a shame that sport has to have one winner in contests such as we witnessed on Sunday as both Philip Hughes and Martin Crowe deserved to be remembered by their respective teams. Crowe may still be with us for the time being but those who saw him bat will never forget his elegance. May his legacy live on and his suffering be painless.


March 31, 2015 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Winners, Losers and A New Incentive.

Scotland and the United Arab Emirates have qualified for next year’s Cricket World Cup. Both teams finished the round robin phase with eight points posting for wins and one loss.

Scotland have qualified for two previous World Cups in 1999 and 2007 while the UAE have appeared once in the 1996 edition.

Scotland defeated Kenya by three wickets  in their final match with just three balls to spare. That loss means that not only do Kenya fail to qualify for the Finals but they will also lose their One Day International status. This will be a big blow to the East African nation. The UAE defeated Namibia by 36 runs to book its place its place in the finals.

This all happened on the same day that the BCCI in India’s secretary Sanjay Patel told Cricinfo that there could soon be an eleventh test playing nation. He advised that the lowest ranked nation will now play the winner of the Intercontinental Cup, played between the top 8 associate countries, and if the Associate country wins they will be allowed to play Test cricket for 3-4 years.

Suddenly the second tier of international cricket have a lot more to play for than just a place at the World Cup, and that has to be good for the game as a whole.

February 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

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