Black Caps to honour Martin Crowe at Twenty20 World Cup in India
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has confirmed the team will honour Martin Crowe in their Twenty20 World Cup opener in India.
New Zealand have arrived in India for the tournament and trained at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday (NZ time).
They play the opening match of the tournament against hosts India in Nagpur next Wednesday (3am NZ time).
The Black Caps' tournament effort will be played out against a backdrop of sorrow following the death of Crowe, the former New Zealand skipper who lost his long battle with cancer last week.
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Crowe mentored Black Caps stars Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor and was a huge motivational factor for the team at last year's World Cup 50-overs tournament in New Zealand and Australia where the team reached the final.
Williamson, chasing Crowe's imposing list of records with the bat, says the team will honour the master batsman, though they are still to confirm how their tribute will be shaped.
"Obviously it was a really sad time, particularly for Martin's family and there are some guys in the side that were very close to him. So conversations will be had, certainly closer to our first competition match around how we can best do that," Williamson told a packed media conference in Mumbai.
"At this stage, there is still a lot of time before that game but we will be acknowledging him."
Crowe was the mastermind of Cricket Max, a game that foreshadowed T20 but laid the foundation for a shortened 20-overs format tailored for high-paced play.
Crowe's funeral is being held in Auckland on Friday.
The Black Caps play warmup matches against Sri Lanka on Friday (NZ time) and England on Sunday.
They are eager to reacquaint themselves with local conditions which will play a huge role in the outcome of the tournament.