ICC chief hails late Crowe as 'one of the very best'


The late Martin Crowe was one of "the very best the world has ever seen", according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson.

Crowe's family on Thursday confirmed the New Zealand great had passed away after a long battle against cancer, which he was first diagnosed with in 2012.

The former Black Caps captain and batsman played 77 Tests and 143 one-day internationals, averaging 45.36 in the five-day format.

Crowe made 17 Test centuries and was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in February 2015.

"Martin's 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," Richardson said in a statement.

"He was exceptional throughout his career in both forms of the game and against all oppositions.

"Martin made an outstanding contribution to the game for which we all thank him."

Richardson was particularly impressed by Crowe's involvement in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

"Martin was a larger than life cricketer, and a deep and innovative thinker of the game," he said.

"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."