Seven former New Zealand cricketers have been awarded the prestigious Bert Sutcliffe Medal for the 2019-20 season for their outstanding contribution to cricket. Due to the coronavirus, the country’s cricket board is virtually finishing its award ceremony.
“I’m really grateful (for receiving this award),” Ian said. “I am emotional to see my name in the list of great cricketers who have received this award before. The playing aspect was the realization of a dream. Whether it’s keeping in Sir Richard Hadlee’s bowling or batting with Martin Crowe, other cricketers have contributed as well.
“I enjoyed every moment of Test cricket (in the commentary room),” he said, referring to his commentary life. “I will always remember Brendon McCullum’s 300-run innings. Lord’s, Test wins at Hobart, Ross Taylor’s 290, eventful draw with England at Eden Park and of course the final match at Lord’s last year.
“I dedicate this award to my wife Louise. Anyone involved with cricket and touring know it needs a solid foundation to do it. Louise has always given it to me. It’s been a great journey and I wouldn’t trade it for a second.”